Service is a way of life at Valparaiso University. Students, faculty and staff are committed to working for the betterment of others, and devote tens of thousands of hours every year to that work. Learning through service is a fundamental aspect of what it means to be a member of the Valpo community. Giving back to the community has always been a strong theme for Valparaiso University men’s basketball. On countless occasions, the Crusaders have taken the time and energy to give back to others. Here are just a few examples.
- The Crusaders have visited a number of children’s hospitals while on the road over the past few years, helping to brighten the days of children battling illness.
- Valpo supported the fight against cancer by hosting a subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer in November 2011. Coach Bryce Drew sported a light blue jacket to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Fans showed their support for former Valparaiso University coach Homer Drew and Janet Drew, Bryce’s parents, who both were battling cancer and who have since both been declared cancer-free.
- The Crusaders have walked as part of Northwest Indiana’s JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Highland, Ind. each of the last six years. The team also assists the Valparaiso Police Department annually in their work with the yearly Popcorn Fest.