OU Begins Annual Volunteer Effort

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 23, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women’s basketball team began its annual community service program last weekend at the First Lady’s Habitat For Humanity build in Moore.  The Sooners will work with Habitat for Humanity throughout the 2006-07 academic year.

“Getting out and volunteering in the community is a major focus of our program,” said OU assistant coach and community service coordinator Stacy Hansmeyer.  “Our players enjoy the opportunity to volunteer their time in a number of ways.  Not only does it teach life lessons, it gives them a chance to interact with fans away from the basketball court.”

The regular work with Habitat for Humanity is in addition to the weekly work with the Sooner Big Sis’ program.  As a part of the Sooner Big Sis’ program, each player is assigned to a class at a local elementary school.  The players visit the class once a week and assist the teacher.

“I want our student-athletes to learn through their experience here how important it is to volunteer to be a part of whatever community they decide to reside in when their playing days are over,” said Coale.

No team in the OU Athletics Department has made more of a commitment to volunteer services than the women’s basketball team.  In fact, Coach Coale’s squad is as active as not only any team in the Big 12, but also the entire  NCAA Division I landscape.

Two years ago, the team was recognized by the OU athletics department for winning the inaugural Life Skills competition, which awards points for community service, team GPA and attendance to Sooner athletics events.  Women’s hoops beat out the women’s cross country and men’s tennis teams by a hefty margin.

In the 2005-06 competition the women’s basketball team came in third overall and first in community service. The squad accumulated 1,855 points for community service work, which was 600 points ahead of any other OU team.

Community Service Photo Galleries
09/16/06: Habitat For Humanity
04/08/06: Norman Special Olympics
04/07/06: John R. Wooden Special Olympics Game
01/13/06: Oklahoma City Children's Hospital
11/30/05: Special Spectators at TCU Game
10/12/05: Sooner Big Sis Event - Perfect Swing

08/14/03: Irving Middle School Camp Turning Points
08/07/03: United Way Community Service



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