Community Service

Community ChampionsThe Herkimer College athletic program is dedicated to improving lives and our community.

Our prominent athletic program is well-respected throughout the nation and this success is founded on our genuine and uncompromising commitment to our student-athletes. In keeping with the College's mission, we adhere to the core values of integrity, excellence, community and opportunity as we strive to support each student-athlete in every area of their well-being, including academics, personal growth, wellness and community service.

Herkimer College aspires to be a just, welcoming, and caring community in the fullest sense. The athletic department embraces this responsibility and seeks to enhance its surrounding community through positive interaction, activities, and programs.

Some of the community service programs we offer and participate in include:


Robotics Tournament

The team worked the event for Community Education, and helped run the entire tournament.

RCIL Winter Land of Lights

The team worked the gate and helped spread Christmas spirit.

Halloween Haunted Walk

Assisted in the Residence Life’s campus community event.

Little League

Sent players to North Utica to work with the youth little league team.


Gram Lorraine Christmas Project

Students went door to door collecting bottles and cans to raise funds to provide a Christmas for a less fortunate local family. Whatever the student-athletes raised, the coaching staff matched and the Captains went out holiday shopping and wrapped the gifts.

PARP Program

Herkimer Softball players, under the direction of Rich Dawkins, traveled to local elementary schools to read books and play with children.

Herkimer College Move-In Day

Herkimer Softball players assisted new freshmen students with moving into and getting settled in their new apartments on campus.

Junior Generals Kids Clinic

Offered a couple of free kid’s clinics where players and coaches offer their time to assist area youth with the development of their skills and fundamentals of softball.

Mayo Clinic Children’s Cancer Hospital

Entire team of coaches and players traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota after winning the NJCAA DIII National Championship to take pictures with the children holding trophy, sign autographs, play games, give away t-shirts, batting gloves and equipment.

Take Back the Night Domestic Violence Awareness Walk

Players and coaches, in conjunction with Student Activities and Residence Life, joined the YWCA for a rally at a local park followed by a walk to help spread the word about Domestic Violence and increase awareness.

Breast Cancer Awareness Game

Held a Breast Cancer awareness game in October where team, players, coaches and umpires all wore pink to increase awareness and join the fight against cancer.

Contributed items to Deanna’s Dugout

Coaches, players, and parents cleaned out their garages, basements and attics looking for any old softball related equipment to contribute to a great cause on behalf of a 2013 Grad/Recruit, Deanna Rivers, who passed away in senior year of high school. All items donated to Deanna’s Dugout were shipped to inner-city youth organizations and distributed to area youth who were in need of equipment.

Waterloo U14 Softball Tournament

Players and Coaches drove to Waterloo NY to help out at a U14 Softball Tourney. Field preparation, field maintenance, t-shirt sales, concessions and sanitary responsibilities were all the areas attended by Herkimer staff/players.

Commit to Complete Day

Players participated in the SUNY wide initiative of Commit to Complete and also helped staff the various tables of food and events.

The Lego League Robotics Tournament

Players and coaches attended numerous workshops to be trained in various aspects of judging, refereeing, scorekeeping, quality control and core values!

Salvation Army Kettle Bells

Players assisted the Salvation Army by attending Kettle Bells set up at various locations throughout the community.

Women’s Basketball

Gram Lorraine Project

Raised money to donate a gift to the project for Christmas. Three players went to congregation from the college to deliver the gifts that were donated.

Anti-Bullying seminar at Whitesboro High

Players participated in visits to Harts Hill, Westmoreland Road, and Deerfield Elementary schools. They performed skits and talked to the students about bullying and nutrition/exercise.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Helped organize the walk. Participated in the walk around campus.

Men’s Basketball

Breast Cancer Awareness

The team raised over $1200 for breast cancer awareness. They also participated in the campus walk and sold ribbons, bracelets, and bake goods to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. There was also fundraising that took place during home games.

Anti-Bullying seminar at Whitesboro Schools

The players worked with Whitesboro school district elementary schools. The players put on skits that acted out physical and social bullying involving the students. Deerfield, West Road, and Harts Hill schools were all involved.

Women’s Lacrosse

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The team showed support to the community. They wanted good moral value for the community and college students to be the common setting.

Gram Lorraine Project

The team raised money to buy gifts for needy children in the community.

Reading Program

They volunteered their time to read at local elementary schools. They gave the children a chance to ask questions and learn about lacrosse as well.

Park Clean Up

They volunteered their time to clean up Brookwood Park.

Volunteer to serve at Salvation Army

The team served food and cooked at Salvation Army in Herkimer and Little Falls soup kitchens.

Cross Country

Gram Lorraine Project

The team bought gifts for a Herkimer Community resident who’s economically challenged.

Breast Cancer Walk

Team participated in a campus walk to raise awareness for breast cancer.


The team read to the Barringer Road Elementary School kids during the Parents As Reading Partners month.

Women's Soccer

Herkimer College Move-In Day

Herkimer Soccer Players assisted new freshman students with moving into and getting settled in their new apartments on campus.

Men's Soccer

Breast Cancer Awareness (Pink Jerseys)

The team wore pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness. They also raised money at the game.

Violence Awareness (Purple tape and pre-wrap)

The team wore purple tape around their arms to spread awareness against violence.

Gram Lorraine Project

The team sponsored a family in need for Christmas.

Swimming and Diving

Gram Lorraine Project

The Swimming and Diving team bought items for a child that was identified to them by the Gram Lorraine project leader.

American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program

The team wrote addressed letters to our U.S. Armed Forces for the holidays