UC Davis Softball Lends a Helping Hand

Jan. 8, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis softball student-athletes and coaches combined efforts in its first community-outreach event of 2013 to assist the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, a Woodland-based crisis intervention service organization.

Besides donating an abundance of cold-weather gear and clothing, student-athletes were also able to donate a vast amount of toiletries, baby products, blankets and other winter essentials for use by local women and children.

“It is important for players to understand how important it is to help others when opportunities arise. Community outreach will always be an integral part of this program,” said head coach Karen Yoder

Created in 1977 by a group of concerned community members, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center provides a vast array of services for battered women and sexual assault victims in Yolo County. In addition to its 24-hour crisis hotline, the Center also offers the county’s only shelter for battered women and children, individual counseling, support groups and a child abuse prevention program. 

Every softball student-athlete collected items for direct use by the Center; representing the team during last Monday’s delivery were senior infielder/catcher Kelly Schulze, junior infielder Chandler Wagner, sophomore outfielder Jasmine Lee and freshman outfielder Gretchen Diekman.

In addition to its Strike Out Cancer campaign, the program’s annual fundraiser and cancer-awareness event benefitting the UC Davis Cancer Center – this year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 27, when UC Davis hosts a doubleheader against Cal State Fullerton at La Rue Field - Aggie softball organizes a slew of outreach events throughout the year to assist as diverse a list of local charities and service organizations as possible. 

Previous events have seen the program organize free youth softball clinics, canned food drives for STEAC – the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee which operates from Davis, volunteer at food banks and pantries in and around Sacramento, host toy drives and collect stuffed animals for local children’s hospitals and centers.

This was the first community outreach event organized by the Aggies in conjunction with the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, an organization the program looks forward to assisting in the future on an annual basis.

Individuals interested in volunteering for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center can obtain additional information by visiting the agency’s website at www.sadvc.org.