Inside Scoop
Education for Service

Service to the community is a core tenet of the UIndy tradition, and nowhere is  that commitment more evident than in the Athletics Department.

In almost every measurable way, dedication to service is a theme throughout all UIndy athletics and is an important part of the culture for each team. UIndy partners with a number of local charities and routinely leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in donations annually.

All of this adds up to hundreds of hours each year that UIndy student-athletes spend with those in need, helping to make the world around them a better place. But this commitment is not limited to one-off visits or special events. UIndy athletes dig deeper with their charity work with programs such as Team Impact. The program allows a team to “adopt” a child, who spends quality time over several years with the players and coaches, building a powerful and lasting relationship. This bond not only provides important social interaction and a critical support system for children struggling with difficult medical conditions, but it also delivers an equally powerful impact to the team

Pack Away Hunger

UIndy’s annual “Pack Away Hunger” service project packed 50,000 14-ounce meals in just more than two hours on the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.

Pack Away Hunger works to battle hunger in Indianapolis and all over the world. The focus of the project is to provide nutritious meals for families.

Beyond Borders

Biology and Anthropology studentsKrista Latham, associate professor of biology and anthropology, led her students on a grueling but rewarding humanitarian initiative on the U.S.-Mexico border. The project is called Beyond Borders and, last January, the team traveled to Willacy County, Texas, and worked with Texas State University. The goal is to locate and exhume the remains of undocumented migrants who died after crossing the border and were buried without identification. What was initially assumed to be up to 30 migrants was eventually revealed to be more than 70 individuals scattered throughout the cemetery in unmarked graves.

Hurricane Harvey

Students at the Hurricane Harvey Texas Service Trip over winter break 2017

UIndy students gave up their Winter Break and boarded a bus for Texas to assist with the humanitarian effort in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The team of 23 Greyhounds spent several days cleaning up damaged homes and installing new drywall, sheetrock and insulation. It was a monumental effort and an act of charity that truly embodies the University motto of “Education for Service.”