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PCC athletics recognizes Beavers in Action

11 December 2018

During the 2018-19 academic year, several of the Pratt Community College athletic programs have achieved school records, outstanding statistics and many awards to go along. However, their most prevalent achievement may come off the field, court or mat. PCC’s 11 sports teams have combined more than 5,570 total hours of community service since the start of the school year.

Many student-athletes have taken the time to give back to the youth in the community as way to show appreciation to those supporting Beaver Nation.
In October PCC men’s basketball held a fall skills & drills clinic for children of all ages. The event spanned over the course of six weeks and gave local kids the opportunity to engage with and be trained by college-level basketball players. The team often invites children from the local schools in Pratt to sit alongside them on the bench during home games.

The volleyball team made similar efforts to interact with Pratt’s youth. Several elementary-level students joined the Lady Beavers for a skills based mini-clinic hosted by PCC that took place before the opening serve of a conference match. The attendees were invited to stay and watch the team take down Independence Community College in 3-straight sets. PCC volleyball has also taken the time to work with Club Impact Volleyball to host a clinic that brought in more than 50 members of local youth to the PCC campus.

Women’s soccer and women’s basketball were big contributors in Southwest Elementary School’s Fun Night. The Beavers entertained K-5 grade students and helped host fun games that included hair dying and face painting.

The Cross Country team has assisted both Pratt High School and Skyline High School with hosting cross country meets of their own.

PCC wrestling continuously hosts USA Wrestling Kansas Regional Training Center Clinics and Camps multiple times a week for local youth.

Charity drives have been an integral part of the department’s efforts to give back as well. The athletics administration has used game days as a way to sponsor or host canned food drives, a toys for tots donation day and a school supplies drive night. Perhaps one of the largest charitable efforts was the second-annual Samaritan’s Feet shoe drive, where the PCC volleyball team sat on the bench without shoes for a single home game. The feat helped to raise awareness for the Samaritan’s Feet organization which in turn brought in over 100 pairs of shoes that were donated by members of the city of Pratt and given to impoverished children in countries around the world.

Most of the hours spent in the community come from simply helping those in need.

PCC softball made the most of some nasty weather by shoveling driveways full of snow for elderly members of the community.

Women’s basketball has also taken time to assist the elderly. The Lady Beavers walked over a mile with six elderly women while at a Lemon Park Meet and Greet. They have also made stops at the Arrowhead West assisted living facility.

Most all teams will take the time to stop by Arrowhead West to interact and spend the day with disabled adults, many of which are some of the most dedicated fans of Pratt Community College athletics.

Many programs have taken the opportunity to team up help others in-house. Beaver track & field, softball, and wrestling committed an entire weekend and then some to repainting PCC’s Sport Performance & Wellness Center. This included coating several layers of paint in Pratt’s weight room and cardio room. They also took the time to repaint the wrestling room located next door to the facilities.

A large majority of the blue and white baseball team dedicated an entire day off to help volunteer in the Pratt County Jamboree hosted by PCC men’s basketball. The team stepped up to the plate to help run the scorer’s table and gameday activities for 12 different preseason basketball matches in just a single day. Beaver baseball was also responsible for helping to hang the Christmas lights and decorations in Pratt’s Lemon Park.

Athletics as a whole will occasionally get together for community involved events. PCC’s largest community service event of the year, Beavers on the Bricks, is an annual Meet and Greet event that takes place in the early fall. Every single sports program is represented for an evening of yard games, concessions and music with members from the city of Pratt.

One of PCC athletics’ main goals is to show appreciation for the continuous support of the community. Each student-athlete is tasked with completing a minimum of 40 hours of community service each year. Several programs have exceeded this number already. Their efforts will undoubtable be continued in during the Spring semester as well.  

Stay tuned to gobeaversports.com for all news and updates regarding PCC athletics.