2016-17 Belmont Women's Basketball
Community Service Initiatives
The adages of "it is better to give than to receive” and “to whom much is given, much is required," are more than just sayings for the Belmont women’s basketball program. They are an integral part of their lives as student-athletes, who continually focus on the heart of Belmont University’s mission statement - service. Whether in the Middle Tennessee area or in the far reaches of the globe, the members of the program have volunteered countless hours to serve those who need it most. The Bruins undertake a series of service projects every month throughout the academic calendar and have been recognized by the NCAA for their efforts. In August of 2015, Newbauer and program founder, Betty Wiseman, partnered with Brentwood Baptist Church and took the 2015-16 team to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the ultimate service opportunity. Over the 10 days, BU shared the gospel and their love of basketball with impoverished children in several favelas (Brazilian slums).
This past season the team participated in community service activities all over the Nashville area. The annual service initiative began at nearby Eakin Elementary school where the players relished in the opportunity to spend time with some of the younger students in late September. October brought forth a service journey for the Bruins as they helped unload pumpkins at the Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch was unique because of a boy named Cooper Cook, who tells quite an inspiring story. In September of 2008, at only 8 weeks old, Cooper was diagnosed with Infantile Fibrosarcoma, which originated in the parotid gland (head and neck area). Unbelievably, the odds of this type of cancer diagnosis are one in one million, and specifically in this area of the body, are one in five million.
In January a group of Bruins volunteered their time at the Nashville Rescue Mission where they served more than 250 meals to the homeless.
Student-athletes and coaches from five Belmont University athletic teams embarked on a mission trip in May, traveling to Haiti in effort to advance the University’s five core values of Integrity, Inquiry, Collaboration, Service and Humility. Women’s basketball was represented as players were able to deepen their faith while lending a hand to those in need.