USciences Athletics Partners with Adopt-a-Family for Second Straight Christmas

USciences Athletics Partners with Adopt-a-Family for Second Straight Christmas

Courtesy of University of the Sciences Athletics

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (December 29, 2017) – For the second year in a row, the University of the Sciences Athletics Department and its student-athletes partnered with Adopt-a-Family to provide gifts and meals for multiple families during the holiday season. 

Student-athletes from multiple teams donated gifts and wrapped them last Wednesday.

Those gifts – as well as the meals - were then delivered by student-athletes and staff today to Youth Service Inc., who will distribute them to the families.

"Part of my vision since taking over as athletic director in 2014 is focused on increasing our visibility in the community, especially in regards to social responsibility," said Dr. Marc Caserio, USciences Athletics Director. "I have always been a huge fan of the Adopt-a-Family program as it enhances the holidays for the less fortunate."

"It also serves as an excellent learning experience for our student-athletes," Dr. Caserio continued. "This program truly teaches them the value of giving back and making a positive difference in the community."

Headed by former softball player Ashley Lewis, University of the Sciences participated in its first Adopt-a-Family event last year and the results were so positive that Dr. Caserio knew this was something he wanted the department to participate in again.

"Last year we were able to support seven families in the community, who were extremely appreciative," Dr. Caserio explained. "I think the smiles and happiness this event creates is one of the main reasons we have incorporated the Adopt-a-Family program in our community service initiatives."

Judging by the success and positive reaction that Adopt-a-Family has generated within the department as well as the community, it is safe to say that this partnership is here to stay for years to come.

The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.