Volleyball team donates $1,000 to Mulvane

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Volleyball team donates $1,000 to Mulvane

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As an NAIA Champions of Character institution, the Baker University athletic department is committed to five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

During its offseason, one Baker athletic team took the fifth value to heart.

After attending the Mulvane Science Hall groundbreaking ceremony, head volleyball coach Kathy Allen thought it would be a good opportunity for her team to give back to the Baker community. Allen mentioned the idea of donating money to the Mulvane project to the team’s captains, and it didn’t take long for her to get the go-ahead from the rest of the team.

“Seriously… it seemed like such a normal thing to do that we were like ‘Okay, this is a good thing,’” Allen said. “But, I think they are really excited that they’re going to have at least a tiny, small, little legacy here.”

By hosting junior volleyball tournaments and other fundraising efforts, the team was able to donate $1,000.

Athletic director Theresa Yetmar said she is moved by the team’s donation and that it speaks volumes of the character of the players and the coaches.

“I thought it was a first-class act by the team,” Yetmar said. “They could have chosen a lot of priorities, but wanted to give back to the institution that they love.”

Junior Savannah Smith said the team is excited to give back to its supporters.

“Not many teams get the opportunity to give back,” Smith said. “I think it’s really cool that we get all these opportunities to kind of give back and not only to the community, but to Baker … because there are so many people who come to our games, are behind the team, that support us and it just feels nice to give back to the Baker community.”

Allen said a number of team members will benefit from the donation because they will be taking classes in the newly-renovated Mulvane.<br/>

“I would say the majority of our girls take some classes or a majority of their classes in Mulvane,” Allen said “They are all really excited about the building even though some of them won’t get to enjoy it because they will be graduated.”

Through its Dig Pink game Oct. 18, the team was also able to serve the larger community by raising $888 for breast cancer research.

Yetmar said she is proud of all Baker’s student athletes and coaches for their efforts to give back to both the community and to the university.

“We try to make sure we don’t just talk about Champions of Character and servant leadership, but that we actually live it every day in our programs,” Yetmar said. “I think our coaches do a great job of starting from the top down and really trying to get involved in a lot of different efforts.”