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.
- In December2011, the Crusaders visited Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago to share the holiday spirit by giving gifts to the children there and making Christmas cards with them.
- Valpo supportedthe 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 have both battled cancer recently.
- In October 2011the Crusaders walked 2.5 miles as part of Northwest Indiana’s JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Highland, Ind., in a tradition begun in 2009; more than $400,000 was raised in 2011. In another community service outreach, team members spent time reading with and mentoring students at Parkview Elementary School.