In The Community
Stanford Sports Medicine has a passion for serving the community at large in a variety of ways throughout the year. In the fall quarter they serve the homeless community at local food kitchens and during the Thanksgiving holiday. The winter season is a very special time for the staff as they all donate gifts and come together to spend time wrapping each present.
Local Bay Area families are then provided these gifts through the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family Program. As the Christmas season comes to a close and with the help of a local non-profit, My New Red Shoes, the staff starts preparing for a friendly competition with the Sports Performance staff to collect shoe donations for the annual SHOE-PER BOWL! This event is a fun way to use competition for a good cause. In addition to this shoe drive, the Sports Medicine and Sports Performance staff come together to make ‘First Day of School’ cards and hand sewn gift bags.
With the spring comes new opportunities to invest their time and talents into the community. The annual Reading Bonanza in the Park is a spectacular event which provides free books and learning opportunities for children and families in the East Palo Alto community. Each year, Stanford Sports Medicine spearheads the recruitment of student-athletes and fellow staff members to participate in the day’s events and to engage with the local children to encourage a passion for reading and to combat illiteracy.
The women of Stanford Sports Medicine love the chance to spread their passion for the sciences. Skyline College puts on an event geared toward young ladies in the community to encourage them to explore careers in the math and sciences. Skyline’s ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ brings numerous successful women in the Bay Area together to spread their passion for their careers. It is an incredible time to spend with young ladies excited to learn.
As the chaos of the academic and competition year comes to an end, the staff strives to be involved throughout the summer with opportunities to volunteer as medical professionals at local races and concerts.
New to the 2016-2017 year, the staff will participate in a diaper and baby item drive to support the families at the Ronald McDonald House.