RDC student-athletes giving back to our community

By Sheldon Spackman
December 14, 2017 - 3:48pm

With a break in the athletics schedule and final exams for the fall term winding down, many Red Deer College students continue to remain active by volunteering throughout the community.

College officials say the schools and organizations RDC student-athletes are involved with are wide spread. They range from coaching youth and Special Olympics, to reading with elementary school students and wrapping Christmas presents to help raise funds for the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Examples include the RDC Curling teams which have helped coach high school curling teams at Hunting Hills and in Ponoka so far this season and Special Olympics Curling in Red Deer.

In December, the Volleyball Queens have volunteered wrapping presents at Bower Place to help raise money for Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter which offers counseling, support and a safe place for families during times of domestic violence.

The Queens Volleyball team also helped a 12-year-old girl with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis celebrate her birthday at one of their home games November 25. McKinley Penninga’s birthday was announced at the game and she had an opportunity to meet the Queens afterwards and hear their stories of how they started playing volleyball as young girls. Penninga also brought a volleyball to the game which the Queens players signed as well.

Elsewhere, RDC Kings and Queens Hockey team members have also been giving back to our community. They have taken part in various initiatives at local schools speaking on the importance of literacy, being involved in athletic activities with the kids and assisting them with reading, writing and math skills.

In the New Year, RDC student-athletes will maintain a strong presence throughout central Alberta, giving speeches, coaching, mentoring, reading, promoting a physical activity and raising money for charities.

Other events such as the Polar Plunge are also being planned by the Queens Hockey team in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Alberta.

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