April 8, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - FAU student-athletes have always taken an active role in the Boca Raton community, whether its softball running a haunted house, men's basketball reading to elementary school kids or the volleyball team helping out at a soup kitchen.
However, the Owls are being even more aggressive in their efforts to get to know their neighbors. The volleyball team recently took part in two community service projects, including helping out with Alpha Flight.
Softball has long been one of the most active teams in terms out community service, including hosting their annual Strike Out Cancer Tournament. Men's basketball head coach Mike Jarvis has long stressed the importance of giving back to the fans that support the team.
I have always thought that the key to building an emerging athletic department is building fan support and that it's easier to support someone that you know on a personal basis. Therefore, by reaching out to community, especially the youth, FAU can gain new fans that will remain fans for a very long time.
There is doubt that serving the community will benefit the program in more ways than one.