by Rich Barnett
DUNDALK, MD – The Lions athletic philosophy is, in part, "to develop well-rounded student athletes - students who can compete successfully both in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors."
Those efforts include charitable work and community involvement. Throughout the fall 2017 semester, the Lions' student athletes have proudly exceeded expectations.
Once a month, members of the baseball and men's basketball teams visit Colgate and Johnnycake Elementary schools. The outreach to these schools, both Title I institutions, gives CCBC Dundalk student athletes the opportunity to support, mentor, advise, and serve as a positive role model to elementary school age children.
Title I is a federal program that provides funds to schools and school districts serving high numbers of economically disadvantaged children. The visits include spending time with the students in the cafeteria during lunch, outside during recess, and/or in the gymnasium during physical education.
In addition to their work in the community, student athletes come together for an annual, friendly competitive activity to raise money for a charity of choice.
For the past five years, The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has been the recipient of these efforts.
The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the well-being of abused, neglected and at-risk children throughout our Courage House National Support Network for Kids. Their vision is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and to lay the foundation for generations of safe and nurturing families.
It was basketball vs. baseball, coach vs. athlete, teacher vs. student, and friend vs. friend as the Lions played a very spirited game of dodgeball in the fall.
Baseball's Nick Wynn (Towson High School) was the top male fundraiser and Nicole Campbell (Kenwood High School | CCBC Essex, volleyball) was the college's top female fundraiser.
On November 22, the Lions men's basketball team served a turkey dinner at a cold weather shelter for the homeless in Essex, MD.
They assisted the non-profit ministry Streets of Hope that houses 16 men each night through the cold weather months at First Baptist Church of Essex.
Even Rory Lion gets in on the action.
The CCBC Dundalk mascot represented CCBC, handed out candy, and posed for photos at a Trunk-or-Treat on October 27. Over 1,200 people came to the Dundalk High School parking lot for candy from approximately 30 organizations who creatively set up a trunk or table.
Community service is a huge part of the student-athlete experience at CCBC Dundalk.
The Lions' coaches and staff are not just molding students and building athletes; they are molding and building futures.