Wonder Boys, Golden Suns No. 1 in Service

Arkansas Tech University is the NCAA Division II Team Works Helper Helper community service champion for 2018.

ATU student-athletes completed 3,535 hours of community work during the three months of the competition. In total, ATU student-athletes have donated more than 5,100 hours of community service since July 1, 2018. Twenty-three local non-profit organizations benefited from the service of Wonder Boys and Golden Suns during the fall 2018 semester.

Every student-athlete at ATU participated in the service, including more than 800 hours volunteering at local elementary schools, mentoring and reading to the students and creating food backpacks.

As a result, Arkansas Tech had the most volunteer service among the more than 300 members of NCAA Division II in the United States and Canada.

According to a news release from the NCAA, NCAA Team Works and Helper Helper launched the community service competition to recognize student-athletes who give back to their communities. NCAA Team Works coordinates community service efforts at NCAA championships, while Helper Helper is a volunteer management and tracking platform.

The competition, which ran from September through November, is based on the number of service hours completed and the number of participating student-athletes.

β€œThe work of the Arkansas Tech student-athletes and coaches is to be commended,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president. β€œIn addition to their studies and their athletic pursuits, these students give numerous hours of service to the local community. I am genuinely appreciative of their efforts to make our community and region a better place.”