Regents ACE Community Service
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, IL – In co-operation with the Rockford College Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACCE), the Rockford College Athletic Department has solidified its commitment to the greater Rockford community through the ACE (Athletes Civically Engaged) program. The program, formalized during the summer of 2008, organizes full-team community service events throughout greater Rockford.
“Part of Rockford College’s mission is to educate our students to help change their world,” said athletic Director Randy Schrader. “For years our individual programs have tried to do that in their own ways. Working with the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement has allowed our entire athletic program to be a part of one collective, organized effort to make great change in our community.”
Using mainly contacts through the JACCE, the ACE program organizes Regents athletic teams to work at various events throughout the year. Less than two months into the 2008-09 school year, Regents athletic teams have already worked with or have organized events with the YMCA, the Visiting Nurses Association, Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society, and SmartBlast. The inaugural event took place on Saturday, August 23, when the Regents men’s basketball team assisted with the Gus Macker Youth Basketball Tournament held at the Rock River YMCA.
“Rockford College student-athletes have always been very active in many of the community service events we organize,” said Lindsay Kent, Coordinator of the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement. “The ACE program was organized to create opportunities for more students to have a greater impact on our community as a whole.”
The Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement helps to advance Rockford College’s mission through the study and practice of service, citizenship, and life-long learning. The center’s office cultivates relationships between Rockford College student, faculty, and staff and community members to make civic engagement an integral part of the Rockford College educational experience.