LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) held the 14th annual TeamWork event on Sunday. F&M varsity and club teams, Greek Organizations, the Weis College House and the Black Student Union (BSU) all took part in an effort to beautify the local community.
A total of 560 Diplomats teamed up in Mayser to grab their rakes, shovels, plastic bags, gloves, clippers and tee shirts to head out into the community with beautification projects and a trash sweep. There were more than 30 projects – some included yard clean up for neighbors and friends who were unable to get out themselves. The teams painted and cleaned, going to some of the inner-city's most challenging alleys and streets.
President Dan Porterfield and Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps were on hand to speak to the participants and direct them to their designated areas of clean up. Dean of the College Margaret Hazlett accompanied one of the varsity athletic teams to Buchanan Elementary, going into the heart of the city to assist with the efforts.
For the second year in a row, auxiliary services lent a helping hand by donating the use of a van and the time of a driver to shuttle Teamwork participants to an off-campus location that was not within walking distance. The Ware Institute also donated the use of a school bus, while Director Ann Hughes collaborated with SALC to add new project sites.
TeamWork was established by SALC in 2002 to celebrate F&M's community involvement and continues to develop on an annual basis. The event has evolved into one of F&M's largest community outreach programs.
SALC is F&M's version of the NCAA-mandated Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). For further information on Franklin & Marshall's SALC, click here.