Enrich Our Campus & City

Our student-athletes volunteer between 3,500 and 4,500 hours each year. They, along with coaches and staff, participate in a range of service activities both as individuals and teams. They read to elementary school children, organize charity fundraisers, and help to run events like the Special Olympics.

Few athletes consider community service a chore, according to Athletics Director Mike Lynch. “They do it once, and in 99 percent of cases, they come back and say they want to do it again.”

Reaching out to Underserved Youth: a Service Story

On an early spring day, students from Boston’s Jackson Mann School, a K–8 public school, journeyed to the BU campus and were greeted by members of the men’s basketball team.

Over 80 percent of students attending Jackson Mann are from families classified as low income. Nearly a third have limited proficiency in English. In the Boston Public Schools, only about one in four high school seniors expect to attend a four-year college.

This is an educational experience for all of us. Our student-athletes gain insights into the tremendous challenges that today’s urban youth face.

—Mike Lynch, Athletics Director

The BU athletes and University officials talked with the youngsters about college admission and their futures. Afterwards, they all went to a dining hall for lunch. The next day, the BU student-athletes traveled to the Jackson Mann School to work on murals for the school gym and auditorium.

Lynch says the partnership with Jackson Mann provides a “window to the world” for the children. “This is an educational experience for all of us. Our student-athletes gain insights into the tremendous challenges that today’s urban youth face,” Lynch says.