Student athletes got to work midday on Sunday, August 28th at Rocky Mountain Park in Denver, Colo. for their annual welcome back event. Athletes, coaches, and athletic department members showed up ready to help out the community park in any way possible.
The mob of over 200 yellow t-shirted workers that moved from Regis University to Rocky Mountain Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday was noticed not only by faculty and staff, but also by neighborhood park-goers and those driving. Tasks included mulching trees, removing trash around the park and lake, sweeping the parking lots and bleachers, and painting picnic tables, trash cans, and dumpsters.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President Nikki Haberkorn saw the event as “an opportunity to bond with new student-athletes, freshman and transfers, and show them what Regis is all about.”
She went on to state: “the welcome back event is a way to show what Regis is all about. To show the student-athletes what they can do for their community and introduce them to the Jesuit traditions of leadership and service to others.”
Each student was charged with the task of fundraising at least 25 dollars before the event. The money will be used for the athletic banquet for student athletes at the end of the year. The end of the year banquet is an event to recognize Regis student athletes and honor those who performed exemplary in any way in the area of athletics or academics.
After cleaning up the park, all participants were treated to a barbeque at the park. Those involved ate burgers, hot dogs and other delicious treats with a view of a clean lake, clean park, and beautiful mountains.