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JMU Softball Donates Time, Volunteers In Community

Feb 6, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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Recently, the James Madison University athletics department crafted a nice feature story highlighting some off the field achievements by some of the members of the Dukes’ softball team.

Nine players, according to, spent a total of 80 hours volunteering within their local communities over their respective winter breaks in between semesters in Harrisonburg.

“This year we had such a long semester break that we challenged our players to put in time serving their community in order to better understand their community,” JMU coach Mickey Dean said on the site. “Today we get so busy and wrapped up in just being busy, that we don’t take the time to understand or enjoy serving the community we grew up in.”

Each player and their specific volunteering efforts were broken down in the article, which can be accessed by clicking here. Player activities in the community ranged from teaching youth softball players about the art of pitching, to assisting paramedics and EMTs, even working at soup kitchens and with churches.

The Dukes in general continue to represent the league well, as plenty of other JMU teams have also impacted the surrounding communities this year.

JMU softball kicks of the 2014 season on Friday in Athens, Ga., at the Red and Black Showcase.