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Aurora University student-athletes recognized for volunteer work at Aurora homeless shelter

Posted by on March 24, 2017

The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) recently recognized Aurora University student-athletes for their community service work during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The award was presented during the NCAA Convention held in Nashville. Jostens, a leading producers of class rings, yearbooks and other school-related products, cosponsored the awards.

Aurora athletes were recently recognized for their community service work with Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora.

AU received first place in the “On-Going Project Category” for their work with Hesed House in Aurora. One of Illinois’ largest homeless shelters, Hesed House operates an all-volunteer after-school program that provides resident children with structured time to study, socialize and play. Many of these children do not have fathers or other positive male role models in their lives.

Spartan Athletics and other AU student organizations partnered with Hesed House in the fall of 2015 with one goal being to introduce positive male role models into the lives of these children. Each week, eight to 10 students and students-athletes from AU visit Hesed House to interact with children in the program.

“Our student-athletes benefit tremendously from the program as well,” said Nicole Pieart, the university’s assistant director of athletics for student-athlete well-being. “They know the hard lives these young children are living and take so much pride in being a positive force in their lives and a bright spot in their week.”

The NCAAIIIAA/Jostens awards program was established in 2001 and is intended to recognize the many contributions that Division III student-athletes regularly make to their campuses and local communities.