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2015-16 Community Service

GA Men's Basketball Welcomes Camp Zeke to Wunderley Gymnasium

June 30, 2015 - McKeesport, Pa. - The Scoring Factory and the Penn State Greater Allegheny men's basketball team had a successful Monday when Camp Zeke came to Wunderley Gymnasium with a large group of student-athletes entering 1st-12th grades, challenging them with drills, skills and competitions throughout the day.

Professional basketball player Zeke Marshall returns to his roots to offer a one of a kind basketball camp in McKeesport. The young athletes took part in stations assisted by the Greater Allegheny athletes for defense, shooting, ball-handling, rebounding and passing. Zeke then talked to everyone about his past NBA experience along with growing up in McKeesport. The group then ended their day with small-sided games and free-throw shooting. All players received an official camp shirt and the opportunity to learn new skills to take their game to the next level.

For more information about the Camp Zeke Youth Basketball Camp, click here.

Check out the article about Zeke Marshall continuing his NBA tenure, click here.


2014-15 Community Service

 

Greater Allegheny Athletic Department Visits H.J. Heinz Campus - VA Healthcare System

Feb. 16, 2015 - Pittsburgh, Pa. - The Penn State Greater Allegheny Athletic Department, coaches and student-athletes traveled to the H.J. Heinz Campus of the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Aspinwall, Thursday, to share Valentine's Day cheer with the veterans.

Over 25 representatives of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Athletic Department traveled to the VA to spread Valentine's Day cards to each of the veterans. The cards were carefully crafted by local elementary students.

This past week was the National Salute to Veteran Patients Week at all Veteran Hospitals throughout the United States.

On the day of the 12th, there was a Parade of Heroes and Opening Ceremonies before the National Salute, where our student-athletes were assigned as tour guides to visit with the Veterans on the units while the parties go on. 

The Penn State Greater Allegheny Athletic Department wanted to thank the H.J. Heinz Campus, the staff and most importantly, the veterans, for allowing us to come out and share holiday cheer. Volunteering and being involved in our community means a lot to each student-athlete and it was a great experience to share with the veterans.

GA Women's Soccer Supports Former Woodland Hills Grad Kick Cancer

Sept. 22, 2014 - Turtle Creek, Pa. -The Penn State Greater Allegheny women's soccer team went out to support 2011 Woodland Hills graduate Colleen Kennedy, as she bravely battles brain and spinal cancer.

Wednesday night, the Woodland Hills High School girl's soccer team welcomed not only the Penn Hills girl's soccer team to the game, but also over 500 of Colleen's army of supporters.

Colleen, a 21 year old alumnus of Woodland Hills High School and a four-year member of the Woodland Hills girl's soccer team, was diagnosed this summer with two glioblastoma tumors in her brain and one in her spine. 

Colleen Kennedy and her family are known in the community as an inspiring, generous and kind family who work hard to give so much to others. For years, they have supported and raised money for the Reflections of Grace Foundation, a family friend who lost her battle with brain cancer at just 5 1/2 years old.

"Kickin' it for Colleen" and "Colleen Strong" is a fundraiser to raise money for her and her family to assist with their ongoing struggle. Her team, school and community wanted to give back to a woman they call an inspiring leader.

With the assistance of those 500 people that attended the game, Colleen and her family received over $5,000 raised over the course of the soccer game. 

Penn State Greater Allegheny and all of the participants wish nothing but the best for Colleen and her family. If you wish to make a contribution to help out Colleen and her family reach their goal of raising $25,000, please click here.

 


2013-14 Community Service

 

GA Baseball and Softball Team Up at Miracle League Field

Sept. 16, 2013 - McKeesport, Pa. - The Penn State Greater Allegheny baseball and softball teams come together to host a camp at the Miracle League Field in Upper St. Clair Sunday morning.
This was a community service act for both teams as they prepare for the upcoming seasons.
Click here to see more information about the Miracle League of the South Hills, which is apart of the Pirates Charities Organziation. 

GA Men's Soccer Lends a Hand at the Boys & Girls Club

Nov. 7, 2013 - McKeesport, Pa. - The Penn State Greater Allegheny men's soccer team gave back to the community as the student-athletes went to the Boys and Girls Club in McKeesport, Wednesday evening.
The team had the opportunity to interact with 31 children at the Boys and Girls Club. These kids involved with the team ranged from the ages five to nine.
The mens soccer team conducted an interactive program with the kids, which went very well. The session consisted of the GA student-athletes playing games and sharing their soccer skills with the kids.

 

 

Men's and Women's Basketball Welcome Mon Yough Catholic for Clinic

Dec. 4, 2013 - McKeesport, Pa. - The Penn State Greater Allegheny women's and men's basketball teams held an informational clinic with girls and boys from Mon Yough Catholic School, Wednesday night in Wunderley Gymnasium.
70 student-athletes from Mon Yough Catholic came out for a two-hour clinic, where both the men's and women's basketball players coached the kids and helped them with their rising skill levels. Not only was the clinic informational, but also a very good time for all athletes involved.
The women's and men's basketball teams were very helpful and informative and they look forward to the next time the opportunity arises to help out kids in the community.

 

Past Community Service

On October 16, 2010 the Penn State Greater Allegheny Athletic Department conducted the 2nd Annual All-Sports Clinic at Auberle in McKeesport, PA. Over 60 student-athletes and coaches volunteered in the departments 1st Community Service act of the semester. Boys and Girls ages 8-16 participated in Baseball/Softball, Basketball, and Volleyball.

Auberle has been dedicated to the mission of caring for and healing abused, neglected and troubled children throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania for over 50 years. They have been able to help thousands of children and their families through our residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, in-home intervention, education and community programs. Family preservation, the reuniting of families in a positive home environment and preparing children to be responsible adults are the ultimate goals of Auberle.