Fayetteville State University and North Carolina Central University student-athletes completed more than 3,900 hours of community service in the fall of 2015, which earned them a spot in the top 25 of all participating institutions in the NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition.
FSU finished fifth among both Division I and Division II schools and second among all Division II institutions. NCCU placed 10th overall and seventh among Division I schools.
The NCAA Team Works(tm) Competition is a national community service competition for NCAA DI, DII and DIII athletic departments and student-athletes. The NCAA Team Works(tm) Award recognizes schools for their outstanding commitment to volunteerism and community service. Participation in the 2015 fall semester Competition using the Helper Helper platform was open to all NCAA-affiliated schools.
Schools were ranked from a combination of two parameters: 1) total hours per student-athlete 2) participation rate.
Fayetteville State had participation from all the athletic programs. FSU Cheerleading, also known as Cheer Phi Smoov, ranked first in the nation across all divisions as the most charitable cheer/dance team.
NCCU football was ranked No. 1 and Bronco football No. 3 out of all participating NCAA football teams.
In other sport categories, Virginia State and Fayetteville State women's basketball ranked second and third. FSU women's volleyball was fourth and NCCU’s men’s tennis was fifth.
NCCU graduating senior Darius James, an offensive lineman from Shallotte, North Carolina, was recognized as the Top Male Student-Athlete for having completed more an 85 hours in 16 events.
This fall, over 120 schools from 40 different conferences and at least 40,000 student-athletes participated in the competition as well as provided 71,526 hours of service to their respective communities.