Passport-sponsored Hilltoppers with Heart community-service program sets record for volunteerism

WKU Hilltoppers with Heart logo
WKU Hilltoppers with Heart logo

The Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers with Heart program, sponsored by Passport Health Plan, set a new benchmark in the number of community-service hours that its participating student-athletes contributed during the 2015-16 school year – and they are looking to increase that for the upcoming school year.

Hilltoppers with Heart is designed to give WKU student-athletes, coaches, and staff the opportunity to make an impact in the community by volunteering their time and talent with numerous organizations. After contributing over 2,000 hours of service in 2014-15, Hilltoppers with Heart went above and beyond that by eclipsing the 3,000-hour mark in 2015-16. Since its inception in 2011, the community-outreach initiative has now contributed over 9,000 hours of community service.

“A primary goal of WKU Athletics is to have a positive impact in our community by making a meaningful contribution in every way possible,” Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said in a news release. “There is no greater endeavor than giving your time to benefit others. We are all fortunate to be a part of a great south central Kentucky community, and I commend our athletes, coaches and administration for their dedication to helping our region.”

For more information about Hilltoppers with Heart, please click here.

 

WKU Hilltoppers With Heart student-athletes stays busy through winter and kicks off 2016 with a bang

Hilltoppers With HeartHilltoppers With Heart, the Western Kentucky University student-athlete community-service group sponsored by Passport Health Plan, has been busy in recent months.

Most of the students’ activities have been focused on the South-Central Kentucky area, but the WKU football team actually got to expand their service area to South Florida ahead of the Miami Beach Bowl in December! Prior to competing against the University of South Florida, the football team achieved 600 volunteering hours with Feeding South Florida, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida. The Hilltoppers teamed up with USF to help create over 4,000 meals for the South Florida community.

Many other student-athletes from WKU – including the volleyball team, the women’s basketball team, the softball team, and more – took part in a variety of additional activities. To see a wrap-up of their recent experiences, please click here.

Hilltoppers with Heart was founded in 2011 and is designed to give WKU student-athletes, coaches and staff the unique opportunity to make an impact in the community by volunteering time and talent with numerous organizations. For more information, please click here.

 

Passport becomes presenting sponsor of Bellarmine’s Knights in Action student-athlete community service group

BellarminePassport Health Plan has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the Bellarmine University Knights in Action, a group of student-athletes who participate in community service events.

The Bellarmine University Knights in Action comprises representatives from each athletic team, along with the dance team and the cheer squad. The group meets monthly to discuss sport-related issues and concerns affecting student-athletes, and serves as the direct link between student-athletes, the administration, and the NCAA.

“We give a face to Bellarmine Athletics through our community service projects and fundraisers for Make-A-Wish,” said Pam Stackhouse, Associate Director of Bellarmine University Athletics. “Our goals are to be one voice for Bellarmine student-athletes. We strive to achieve greatness not only in the classroom and fields of competition, but also throughout the community. We work hard to maintain a positive image for Bellarmine through our community outreach projects as we promote and support Knights Nation.”

“At Passport, we take pride in working with community advocates and local providers to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” said Passport Health Plan CEO Mark B. Carter. “That’s why this partnership with the dedicated student-athletes in the Knights in Action program made perfect sense. Together, we can help all Kentuckians live healthier lives.”

To learn more about Bellarmine Athletics, please click here. To read more about this partnership, please click here.

 

Passport Health Plan becomes sponsor of University of Kentucky’s “CATS in the Community” student-athlete service group

CATS in the Community LogoPassport Health Plan has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the University of Kentucky “CATS in the Community” group of student-athletes who participate in community service events.

“CATS in the Community” offers student-athletes the opportunity to volunteer their time to help those in the community. During the 2014-15 academic year, student-athletes volunteered over 4,300 hours of their time to community service in addition to going to class, attending practice, studying, and traveling to tournaments.

“At Passport, we take pride in working with local providers and community advocates to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” said Passport CEO Mark B. Carter. “That’s why this partnership with the UK CATS in the Community group of dedicated student-athletes just made perfect sense. Together, we can help all Kentuckians live healthier lives.”

“I’m honored to work with a first-class organization such as Passport Health Plan,” said Dustin Lewis, UK Life Skills Coordinator. “Passport is an industry leader and has always supported community-service initiatives in our state. Our student-athletes volunteer between 4,000 and 5,000 hours each year, so I’m excited that this partnership will recognize some deserving individuals who work hard to make this community a better place.”

If you have an organization and are interested in requesting some student-athlete volunteers to work with your group, please go online to catsacademics.com/services/community-outreach or send an email to Dustin Lewis at Dustin.Lewis@uky.edu.

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WKU ‘Hilltoppers With Heart’ Program Partners with Passport for Community Service Program

CaptureWestern Kentucky University’s “Hilltoppers With Heart” program is designed to give student-athletes, coaches, and staff the opportunity to make an impact around South-Central Kentucky by volunteering their time and talent in the community. During the 2013-14 academic year, “Hilltoppers With Heart” devoted more 1,000 hours of community service to make a positive influence on the Greater Bowling Green area. For 2014-15, “Hilltoppers With Heart” teamed up with Passport Health Plan to grow the program and help make an impact on an even larger scale – and they have already topped their goal of 1,500 hours of community service!

To check out some of the great ways in which these young people are reaching out, go online to wkusports.com/sports/hilltoppersheart.