The Medicine Hat College Rattlers have been awarded the 2019 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Community Service Award. The award is a prestigious honour for Rattler Athletics Community Engagement.
"Rattlers Athletics is very proud to accept this national level award; and believe strongly in developing student athletes academically, athletically and with a community mindset" said Terry Ballard, Manager of Sport and Wellness. "Citizenship and giving back to the community is so vitally important in creating the community leaders of tomorrow" said Ballard.
Rattler athletes volunteered more than 5,000 engagement hours working with partners such as the City of Medicine Hat, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce, Food Bank, Women's Shelter as well as local senior residences, school districts and youth sport organizations.
"After 2 years of being a part of The Rattler Athletics Leadership Initiative (RALI), we all couldn't be happier that we received such an exceptional award. Being able to be present in the Medicine Hat community has helped many Rattler athletes build strong relationships within the city, help better themselves, and strive to be the best community leaders that we can. It has helped all of us become who we are today, and shape who we will be in the future" said Brady Resch, RALI President.
In total, 94 student athletes from MHC volunteered this season. Derek Whitson (160 hours volunteered), Emily Weimer (72), Molly Marie (60), Devin Simon (44) and Kassidy Suberlak (37) led the way in volunteer hours.