PVC Service Circle Grant Recipients Announced

PVC Service Circle concludes successful year with a trio of 2013-14 grants awarded

The PVC is pleased to announce that three groups, representing women’s swimming, women’s water polo and women’s volleyball, will receive grant funding for their own community-based events as part of the PVC Service Circle.

A true example of teamwork across multiple sports, Courtney Ciardiello ’15, Elizabeth Gelb ’15, Maylin Meisenheimer ’16, Emily Yu ’15, Taylor Dunstan ’15, & Ashley Hatcher ’15 (W. Swimming & W. Water Polo) created the framework for the inaugural PVC Talent Show.  This event will bring together the entire athletics community for a night of exciting performances.  A variety of acts will be performed as part of the show to help raise money for Generosity Water – a non-profit organization that helps to bring clean water to people around the world.

Following the example of Kendra Simom  ’13 (Tennis), one of the first recipients of the PVC Service Circle grant, Taylor Dunstan ’15 & Kelly Gross ’15 (W. Water Polo) chose to support Teams & Toys, an annual holiday gift drive held by Athletes in Action (www.athletesinaction.org).  Student-athletes representing multiple varsity teams on campus “adopt” a local family, purchase gifts for the family, then join together for a gift-wrapping party.  The presents will then be distributed to over 150 local children.

Lastly, Tiana Woolridge ’15, Courtney Ciardiello ’15, Elizabeth Gelb ’15, & Emily Yu ’15 (W. Volleyball & W. Swimming) orchestrated a simple way to engage Princeton student-athletes in a year-long commitment of community service called the Soap Project.  This program will encourage Princeton varsity teams to collect unused toiletries, such as soap and shampoo, throughout the year to donate towards women’s shelters in the area. This may span from collecting small unused soaps from hotel rooms during training trips or away games to making agreements for donations on behalf of hotels nearby.

Founded in 2010, the PVC Service Circle is designed to provide leadership opportunities for Princeton student-athletes who want to give back to the community. Past grant recipients included Manny Sardinha ’12 (Soccer), Kendra Simon ’13 (Tennis), Amanda Bird ’13 (field hockey), Christina Maida ’14 (field hockey), Allegra Mango ’14 (field hockey), Kelsey Byrne ’14 (field hockey), Dylan Bowman ’14 (men’s soccer), Nicole Hung ’14 (women’s basketball), Lauren Polansky ’13 (women’s basketball), and Jordyn Seni ’14 (women’s basketball).

Learn more about supporting the PVC Service Circle here!

Current Princeton student-athletes: learn more about how to apply for a PVC Service Circle grant by clicking here!

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