The most recent outing took the Big Green squad to Grantham Village School on May 26 where the players split into groups with first graders for basketball activities as well as a question-and-answer session during the school’s Wellness Week. Afterward, the players joined with the young students in dancing the cha-cha slide.
On May 28 at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park, several players participated in the second annual Memorial Challenge, a physical fitness fundraiser created to honor two former Dartmouth students that died unexpectedly in 2014. The members of the team took part in each of the various 16 fitness challenges to help raise funds for the heart and cardiovascular center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The men’s basketball student-athletes also volunteered their time to promote the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event, held at Leverone Field House on May 14-15. Held in memory of Summer Hammond ’17, who passed away in the summer of 2015 after a four-year battle with cancer, the event eventually raised more than $24,000 to aid in cancer research.
Back on April 23, members of the team volunteered their time to participate in the Big Green Run & Fan Fest. Some players helped direct the runners on the course while cheering them on, and some participated in the race itself. During the afternoon fan fest, the players took turns in the dunk tank as well.
“As we begin to build our basketball program,” McLaughlin said, “we are looking for a variety of ways for our players to grow together, and at the same time be very visible and positive representatives of Dartmouth and men’s basketball. It is also vital for our guys to understand the value of being role models not only on campus, but within the local community.”