This year, Durham College proved that they are absolutely deserving of this award for they have established several community programs that have all positively benefitted Durham and its community.
Durham College varsity teams strive to be the best in athletics and academics having established themselves with championship calibre programs and high graduation rates. The teams have also made a strong commitment to the local community through involvement. The athletic department encourages community initiatives, providing a great experience for the athletes as well as lending a helping hand to the neighbourhood in which they live in.
The Durham College Athletic Department has established the LORDS CARE PROGRAM. The Lords Cares Community Service Program immerses Durham College student-athletes, coaches and staff members in the community. Participants are involved in various community projects; including the Lords School is Cool Program, the Get Healthy with the Lords campaign, Lords mini-game program, Sing with the Lords events, various fundraisers, and many more community events.
This year, the Lords have visited over 25 elementary schools, been to over a dozen community events and have hosted various community groups at over 60 home games. Durham College student-athletes are community leaders, making an impact in the community. Durham College athletes, coaches and staff believe in; "Do Something Great." Everyone involved with the program is passionate about that philosophy, embracing their responsibility as community role models.
The following is a list of community initiatives that the Lords Care Program has covered:
School is Cool Elementary School Programs
Going to Gym Class with the Durham Lords
Sing at a Lords Game
Intermission Mini Games
Durham College Kids Club
Free Group/School Tickets
Hoops with the Durham Lords and Ontario Shores Mental Health Clinic
Mascots and athletes appear at various community events (i.e. fun fairs)
Captains volunteer at the Hall of Fame Banquet
Optimist Club Christmas Hamper Drive
Various Fundraising Events
Durham College Thinks Pink
Hoops for Haiti Program
Movember - Fight Against Prostate Cancer
DC Women's Basketball Toys for Sick Kids fundraiser
Congratulations once again to Durham College, the 2010 CCAA Community Service Award recipient. Your time, efforts and community involvement is much appreciated!
The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association is a national sport organization that enriches the lives of student-athletes through intercollegiate competition.