Hartford, Conn. - On the first weekend after classes begin at Trinity College, the Bantam student-athletes go out into the Hartford community, along with several other college groups, and volunteer to work at locations like parks, schools, and churches. This day, called “Do It Day”, has become a tradition among the Trinity College sports teams as a way to give back to the community and show appreciation for both the local Hartford and greater Connecticut communities. By coming together as a college community, the experience truly exemplifies the unity in the area.
The Trinity College baseball team helped outside at a park in Windsor. On a beautiful Saturday morning, the team cut and moved wood and mulch around different parts of the park. “It’s always a great experience for the team. It’s nice to just get outside with the guys while also being able to do good at the same time,” explains senior baseball player Erik Mohl.
Baseball senior Johnny Stamatis added, “it’s also a great bonding experience. Do It Day is normally the first time that the freshmen are with the team and get to talk to some of the upperclassmen, so it’s also great for our team chemistry.”
Do It Day had proven to be great way for first-year student-athletes to be introduced to the city of Hartford and what life is really like for its residents. It also allows them to see what a difference Trinity students can make in the community both on one Saturday in the fall and, hopefully, throughout their four years of college.
The Bantams women’s ice hockey team volunteered at the Church of the Good Shepherd where they helped clean, paint, and landscape around the premises. Junior Liv White explained, “It feels really good to help the community and be able to see immediate improvements. It always proves to be a really good way for our team to bond and witness the power of working together.”
Members of the Trinity softball team helped out at one of the local Food Share locations, sorting through food that was donated by stores like Stop n’ Shop and Costco. Going through a few thousand pounds of food, the Bantams softball team was able to directly impact local Hartford families.
“Do It Day is a great chance for us to bond as teammates while getting the opportunity to help the greater Hartford community. This day allows students that are fortunate enough to go to Trinity to help support people who are not as fortunate or privileged as we are,” junior Maddie Spencer-Orrell stated.
The Trinity's men's rowing team's project focused on clearing a very overgrown area of vegetation at the main entrance to Charter Oak Landing. This park is operated by Riverfront Recapture Inc., a Hartford-based non-profit dedicated to expanding access to the Connecticut River.
"Both the location and the organization are extremely important to me and the team, said Trinity Head Men's Rowing Coach Kevin MacDermott. Trinity has been rowing on the Connecticut for over 56 years, and I have been on the River since 1996. Riverfront Recapture is incredible in their commitment to increasing accessibility to a magnificent body of water at the heart of Hartford. We will do anything possible to help them in their mission."
The Bantam men’s ice hockey players helped do demolition work in downtown Hartford. “It was an eye-opening experience for a lot of us to be doing construction work because it was a really tough job,” junior defensemen Liam Feeney explains. “We did it for a good cause that helps create affordable housing for families that need it. It felt good to know that there would be people directly benefitting from our work,” he elaborated.
Trinity Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Coach Matt Greason summed up the experience best, "Do it Day is a great way for our student-athletes to give back to the community. We always look forward to this chance to do our part.”
Baseball (Keney Park)
Basketball—Men (Colt Park)
Basketball—Women (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art)
Ice Hockey—Men (Christ Church Cathedral AND Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance)
Ice Hockey—Women (Church of the Good Shepherd)
Lacrosse—Women (KNOX Inc)
Rowing—Men (Riverfront Recapture)
Rowing—Women (Pope Park)
Squash—Men (Pope Park)
Swimming—Men (Hartford Habitat for Humanity ReStore)
Swimming—Women (Night Fall)
Tennis—Men and Women (Pope Park)
Wrestling (Journey Home AND Trinity Episcopal Church)
written by Alex Levin '20