The Brock Badgers raised more than 300 pounds of food and toy donations for Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold in the last two months of 2021.
Community Care recently released details of the Badgers’ donations, which included a total of 200 pounds of food and 140 pounds of toys collected through November and December thanks to Brock Sports’ efforts.
The Badgers’ Community Care campaign was led by the Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC), which was formed in October.
“The first two events we ran as a council were extremely successful. It was extraordinary to be able to give back to a community who has always welcomed Brock in the Niagara region,” said SALC co-president Madeline Hingston, a fourth-year Kinesiology student. “This was an opportunity we were grateful to be a part of.”
In November, the SALC reignited the Badgers’ annual food drive for Community Care by setting up donation bins across campus while collecting non-perishable food at basketball, volleyball and hockey games.
The SALC then held a well-attended Holiday Skate at Seymour-Hannah Arena before the holidays in December by inviting the community to donate toys before lacing up for a free skate.
The council looks to continue the momentum and explore ways to help the community throughout the pandemic.
“Experiencing the success that came out of the Holiday Skate encourages us to do more to provide for our community,” said SALC co-president Johnny Schaefer, a third-year Business Communication student. “We do face a challenge with the pandemic and our overall limitations with community service, but we can assure you that we are working to implement more COVID-friendly ideas to maintain the success that has been achieved.”