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Community Engagement

Demon Deacon student-athletes believe in giving back to the community and truly embody the Wake Forest motto of "Pro Humanitate." Part of what makes our athletic department unique is the involvement we have on our campus and in the Winston-Salem community. During the 2014-15 academic year Wake Forest student-athletes volunteered over 4,800 hours in service events! Our calendar was full of over 50 outreach initiatives and all 14 of our athletic teams volunteered as a group at least once throughout the year. We are proud of the work our student-athletes put towards their campus and community while balancing a heavy academic and athletic load.

CHAMPS Cup Competition - The CHAMPS Cup is a friendly competition between Wake Forest student-athletes that promotes character, community and career development initiatives. Student-athletes earn points for their teams by participating in volunteer projects, career services programming, athletes supporting athletes events and much more! Click here to see the 2013-14 CHAMPS Cup winners.

ACC Top Six for Service - Every year the ACC honors the six student-athletes from each member institution who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service. The winners from the 2013-14 school year volunteered over 750 hours combined and made a tremendous impact on our community. Click here to see the ACC Top Six for Service winners.

Annual Community Engagement Events

Project DESK - Every April on the Magnolia Quad, more than 50 WFU student organizations, student-athletes included, can be found painting a school desk for a child from Old Town Elementary. The student groups get creative while painting the desks so the children have their very own, unique place to study. The majority of our athletic teams come together to paint desks, and in 2012 the men's soccer team won "Best Team Turnout" and the field hockey team won "Best Design".

Eat with the Deacs - Eat with the Deacs is a monthly service opportunity where student-athletes invite a children's community group on campus to watch a sporting event and share a pizza dinner. Over the years, Wake Forest has hosted a variety of organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Hanes Community Center, Next Level Enrichment, various elementary schools and more. The student-athletes always enjoy having the opportunity to be role models for kids in the Winston-Salem community.

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Habitat for Humanity - For the past five years, Wake Forest has sponsored a Habitat for Humanity house. It is a point of pride that we have several of our teams take their weekends off to go together to help build the house.

Hit the Bricks - Hit the Bricks is an all-campus event that began in 2002 to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund. Hundreds of students run laps around the quad and engage in fun activities and performances. Our athletic teams participate by encouraging the crowd and walking laps.

Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E. Winston Salem) - Forsyth County has one of the highest at-risk populations for hunger and malnutrition. H.O.P.E. brings together resources from the inner faith community and provides healthy meals for youth 0-18 years old. Wake Forest student-athletes join them each Sunday to pass out meals from their food truck, as well as fresh produce to families to encourage healthy eating habits. Healthy bodies equal healthy minds. Join WFU each Sunday and put a stop to the food insecurities in our own community.

Kidsfest - Wake Forest student-athletes help special needs kids learn to play sports at Kidsfest. Kidsfest is an annual carnival on the quad for children with special needs hosted by HOPE, which is a Wake Forest student run organization. The student-athletes' enthusiasm and coaching help make this event possible.

Melanoma Awareness Dodgeball Tournament - The field hockey team holds an annual dodgeball tournament to raise awareness about melanoma. This tournament is held in memory of Maria Whitehead, a Demon Deacon field hockey player who died of malignant melanoma at age 25. Multiple athletic teams support the field hockey team's cause and help them raise over $1,000 dollars for melanoma research.

Move In Day - Wake Forest student-athletes have started a new tradition of assisting the University with Freshman Move-In Day. Many of our teams volunteer to help the incoming freshmen class move into their dorm rooms and get them excited about attending athletic events during their time at Wake.

Operation Christmas Child - During the month of December, Wake Forest athletic teams partner with Athletes in Actions to donate shoe boxes of gifts to be delivered to third world countries through the nonprofit organization Samaritan's Purse. In 2014, we donated roughly 100 shoe boxes. Teammates enjoy buying the gifts and wrapping the boxes together.

Project Pumpkin - For Halloween every year, Wake Forest hosts hundreds of children from the community who do not have a safe place to trick-or-treat, for games and trick-or-treating on the Quad. Wake Forest student-athletes love playing `Dizzy Deacs' - a game that combines baseball, soccer and football- with the kids at Project Pumpkin.

Santa's Helpers - Santa's Helpers is a favorite tradition that was started by a Wake Forest football player in 1986. During a weekend in December, student-athletes and athletic staff volunteers wrap hundreds of presents and deliver them to over 100 families and children in the greater Winston-Salem area while dressed as Santa Claus and elves! A child's smile when he sees Santa at his front door is enough to melt even the toughest football player's heart.

Skip Prosser Literacy Program - Named for the late Wake Forest men's basketball coach Skip Prosser, the Skip Prosser Literacy Program encourages fourth graders in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system to read as many books as possible within a certain time frame. Wake Forest student-athletes help kick off the program by reading at local elementary schools.

Special Olympics - Each May, Wake Forest hosts the Special Olympics Spring Games. Student-athletes are instrumental in its success, cheering on participants and giving out awards and ribbons after each event is completed. It is an honor for the athletes to be able to encourage the Special Olympians on their big day.

Wake N Shake - Every year, Wake Forest holds a 24-hour dance marathon to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund. Student-athletes participate by providing entertainment, including a pie-eating contest.

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