A tennis player and senior majoring in sports management, Weggenman visits young patients at Mott Childrens Hospital as part of the STARS program of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
STARSSuccess through aThletics, Academics, caReer development and community Serviceis designed to support and enhance student-athletes exposure to volunteerism through individual, team and departmental activities.
Weggenman shared her feelings about participating in community service activities during the launch of Reach for the Stars, a partnership between the Athletic Department and the Ann Arbor Public Schools, under the auspices of the Schools Partners for Excellence Program.
Weggenman noted that being a student at Michigan puts one in a rare situation, one in which we can give back to the community thats given so much to us.
Taylor noted that the activities the U-M athletes will participate in, such as tutoring and noontime enrichment activities, will benefit the younger students and also will expose them to the core values [of the Athletic Department] and values we hold important. We thank the Athletic Department for stepping forward.
Asked recently by Goss what his best experience has been, a second-year golfer said, Michigan allows me to get involved in the community. Thats one of the highlights.
The U-M has about 700 student-athletes and Goss said the Department looks forward to giving them another challenge through the Reach for the Stars program.
They continue to be educated through community service. They appreciate the art of giving back. Its just as good as winning a national championship or an NCAA title, he said.
Activities that will be part of Reach for the Stars include:
The Partners for Excellence Program, established in 1985, promotes the formation of partnerships between the public schools and businesses and community organizations. There are now 40 such partnerships, the one with the U-M among four new ones this year.