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The Lookout | April 20, 2018

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LCC Athletic Program reaches out to community

LCC Athletic Program reaches out to community

Rich Schenck
Sports Editor  

The name Lansing Community College isn’t just a name, it is also a philosophy.

It is a vision that LCC athletics and LCC Athletic Director Greg Mallek look to instill in their student athletes: giving back to the community.

This vision was on display during LCC volleyball’s Oct. 16 game against Muskegon CC called the “Pink Game.”

This breast cancer awareness event, with the motto “Serve for a Cure,” was a joint effort between LCC Coach Emily Quintero’s Stars and the Muskegon CC team to help spread awareness of the disease and collect money for the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

“We try and do community service in multiple ways every year,” Mallek said. “This is actually the second year we’ve done. This was all basically put together by Coach Quintero.”

But a “Pink Game” is not all that LCC athletes do to reach out to the community. Past park cleanups and hosting high school teams are among the many ways the program gives back.

Mallek said later this year LCC will host the Meijer-sponsored holiday high school tournament, which was previously played at MSU’s Breslin Center.

He said hosting this tournament will be a way for potential students to visit the school and explore what Lansing Community College stands for.

The “Hunger Games” is an initiative that started last year during an LCC basketball game. It will be hosted again next Feb. 18, with free admission to anyone who brings food to donate to a Lansing food bank.

Student-athletes are gathered for an orientation every July to explain to them what it means to be an athlete and represent this college by giving back.

“It’s a holistic approach to educating our student-athletes,” Mallek said.

 

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