Posted at 4 p.m. May 1, 2017

College Athletic Department players, coaches donate time to improve community relations

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Illustration by Floyd Whiting

The Athletics Department is an integral part of a community college because of the draw of public attention. The Laramie County Community College’s Athletics Department is actively trying to do just that.

In previous years, there was minimal interaction between the Golden Eagles and the Laramie County public, but with the guidance of Athletics Director Scott Noble and the newly instated Student Athlete Advisory Committee through Community Outreach, this is changing.

In February, Noble worked with the Cheyenne Rotary Club to raise money for the fight against polio. Noble said the proceeds from gate admissions at a double-header basketball game were given to the Rotary Club as a donation. Total proceeds totaled $1,283.

Along with the Rotary Club, the department has previously worked with the Comea Homeless shelter of Cheyenne and Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Noble said that he has spoken at different community events where he asked attendants how many times they had visited both LCCC and the University of Wyoming campuses for athletics.

“Out of 200 who work in community service, 195 of them had not been on our campus in the last five years,” Noble said. “Out of those 200, only six had not been on the UW campus for athletics.”

SAAC will be focused on finding events in the community that the Athletics Department can participate in, such as walking for Walk for Life or events with Cheyenne Frontier Days. In previous years, there have been youth clinics hosted that include kids from the community as well as from parts of Colorado.

While Noble handled off-campus relations in the past now LCCC has SAAC to help.

“It’s not that I don’t want to do it anymore, it’s just time for students to take control,” Noble said. “Students have their own ideas for things.”

Noble’s main focus is to get the athletes of LCCC Athletics out into the community to draw them to support their local athletes. While the Athletics club is limited to athletes for members, the community is able to help by donations as well as participation in community service events.


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