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The Varsity Team Service Award is awarded to one Varsity Men’s team and one Varsity Women’s team annually. Members of the winning varsity team have participated in service as a team and may also have individual members who have participated in service apart from their team. They have shown significant commitment to building relationships with the people they serve and have incorporated meaningful reflection into their post-service experiences.

The Team Awardees are selected by an Award Committee consisting of the Director of the Center for Service and Social Action, the Director of Athletics, the Assistant Director of Athletics, the team Chaplain, the Faculty Representative to OAC and NCAA, and the current president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The winning team will be announced during DIII week each April and will receive a certificate and their name on two perpetual plaques – one to be displayed in the CSSA office and one in the Athletics hallway.

Varsity teams: click here for 2017-2018 award criteria and submission guidelines!

Applications for the 2018 Varsity Team Service Award are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted!

Recipients of the Varsity Team Service Award:
  • 2017 | Women’s Softball & Men’s Wrestling
  • 2016 | Women’s Soccer & Men’s Football
  • 2015 | Women’s Lacrosse
Award Criteria and Guidelines

2017-2018 Varsity Team Service Award submissions are due March 21, 2018 to service@jcu.edu
Awards will be presented in April 2018 during DIII Week.

The Varsity Team Service Award is awarded to one Varsity Men’s team and one Varsity Women’s team annually. Members of the winning varsity team have participated in service as a team and may also have individual members who have participated in service apart from their team. They have shown exceptional commitment to building relationships with the people they serve and have incorporated significant and meaningful reflection into their post-service experiences.

Options for service participation:

  • All or most members may participate together in a team-specific service activity and request the assistance of CSSA to determine and communicate with an appropriate partner. Transportation may not be available for large groups. Groups are encouraged to contact CSSA early in the year to discuss options and schedule a project.
  • Small groups of members may “adopt” established one-time service opportunities by registering via the CSSA online database or coordinating activities with CSSA. Groups are encouraged to contact CSSA early in the year to discuss options and “reserve” projects.
  • Individual members may participate in established weekly or one-time service opportunities by registering via the CSSA online database or coordinating activities with CSSA.

A complete and qualified submission will include all of the components noted below:

1. The team captain will complete and submit a typed, double-spaced, 500-750 word essay that includes the following components:

  • Team’s involvement in service and their efforts to build relationships with the people they serve
  • Statistics on members’ involvement
  • Team’s efforts to incorporate reflection into the team’s post-service experience
  • Brief reflection-based quotations from team members are welcome
  • Why service to others is important to team, how it ties into their core values, and how it educates members to become men and women for others

2. All service hours for members must be submitted via a specific service log that will be provided to each team (email service@jcu.edu to request the log if you need it).

  • Consideration period for completion of service hours: the end of the previous academic year (including last year’s Jesuit Day of Service) through the end of the current academic year.
  • The service log should include service hours coordinated through CSSA, other JCU service opportunities, as well as self-reported hours for service activities done outside of JCU. Self-reported hours for service activities should be thoroughly described.
  • All team members must be listed on the service log, even if no service contribution was made by some members.

3. One photo of the team engaged in group service should be submitted with the application. The photo does not need to capture the whole team; just a few team members engaged in either indirect service (repacking non-perishables, sorting clothing) or direct service (the photo would include members of the population served, with permission).

Details on selection and awarding are as follows:

  • The Award Selection Committee that will review applications will consist of the Director of CSSA, Director of Athletics, Assistant Athletic Director for Recruiting, Assistant Athletic Director for Communication, Team Chaplain, Faculty Liaison to OAC and NCAA, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee President.
  • The winning team(s) will receive a certificate and their team name on perpetual plaques in both the Center for Service and Social Action office and the Athletics hallway.
  • The committee reserves the right to not give the awards in any year they decide no applicants are eligible for the award.
  • The award will be presented during DIII Week in April of each year.
Defining Service
  • Populations Served: Service, as defined by CSSA, is the action of being with or doing for special populations or populations in need, including: youth, senior citizens, prison inmates or those re-entering society, people experiencing homelessness, people who have developmental or physical disabilities, adult education, refugees and immigrants, and potentially others.
  • Direct v. Indirect: Service can be direct, such as serving a meal, playing games, or helping someone read or learn English; it can also be indirect, such as repackaging donated food to be distributed to low-income families, sorting medical supplies, painting a porch, answering phones, or cleaning up a public space.
  • Advocacy and Social Justice Work: While these types of work are undoubtedly important, they are considered by CSSA to be different from service. This would include initiatives such as the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, the AIDS Awareness Ribbon, attending a speaker related to social justice, or attending a protest.
  • Animals: While service work with animals is also important, CSSA defines service as work with and for people.
  • Payment Received: Please contact CSSA at service@jcu.edu if you have questions about a service activity for which payment was received.
  • Internal Examples of Service: Anything coordinated by CSSA, Fatima Teen Day or Fun Day, the Labre Project, Immersion Experiences, Seeds of Hope, RHA Trick or Treat, SUPB Service Project, Early College Mentoring, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Catholic Worker, Make a Difference Day, Footprints for Fatima Planning Committee and Race Day Volunteers, Fatima Food Drive Delivery/Packing/Sorting, Hope Prep, Athletics Service Events, STLF
  • External Examples of Service: student teaching, internship at a non-profit organization, volunteer work through a parish
  • For clarification: If you have a question about a specific service activity in which you have taken part, and whether this activity can be considered for a service award application, please contact CSSA at service@jcu.edu.