LEWISTON, Maine – The Bates College athletics department has earned the President’s Leadership Award from Maine Campus Compact for commitment to community service and engagement, as presented at a ceremony at the Maine State House on Wednesday.
Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh, head swimming and diving coach Peter Casares, and head men’s soccer coach Stewart Flaherty traveled to the statehouse’s Hall of Flags in Augusta to accept the award for the department “in recognition of valuable contributions to campus civic engagement efforts.”
The President’s Leadership Award is designed to honor organizations or departments that:
- Use service as an integral part of the college experience for students
- Take an innovative approach to enhancing campus-based efforts to address community issues and needs
- Sustain their work by developing strategies to integrate into the institution’s structure
- Have a deep widespread impact on the campus and community
The department has officially partnered with Special Olympics to become a Special Olympics College as one way to engage its community. The Bobcats hosted a state-wide swim meet last month as Portland ABC affiliate WMTW 8 detailed, and the department plans to host a track meet in conjunction with Androscoggin Special Olympics on May 9.
Maine Campus Compact is a coalition of 17 member campuses whose purpose is to catalyze and lead a movement to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education. The organization’s members seek to transform their campuses in ways that develop better informed, active citizen problem-solvers, stronger communities, and a more just democratic society.