The  women’s track and field team participated in a charity walk.

Athletic Teams Reach Out to Community

The Notre Dame men’s and women’s cross country teams used their competition-free days last week to reach out to local elementary school kids.

The teams spent Thursday afternoon at Adrian Elementary School in South Euclid talking to students in the MAC Scholar program about the importance of education and explaining how student-athletes set goals for the future.

Cross Country Coach Kyle Komer talks to students at Adrian Elementary School.“We are constantly looking for ways to make direct contact with the surrounding community, especially in the schools,” Coach Kyle Komer said.

“Our athletes really made the day for many young students and we all look forward to more of these opportunities,” Komer said. “By doing service projects like these, we are teaching our student athletes to always remain humble and to remember where they came from.”

Meanwhile, the Notre Dame College women’s track and field team participated in the “NAMIWalks of Greater Cleveland” charity walk on Oct. 2. Over 30 Falcons laced up their tennis shoes for the 2.5-mile walk and helped raise over $135,000 for mental illness research. The walk began at Voinovich Park behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and traveled the distance on the streets of downtown Cleveland.

“The event was a great way to recognize that we have a duty to support all walks of mankind,” Head Coach Ricardo Franklin said. “We were truly humbled to be able to participate in such an important event.”