Boca Raton, Fla. – The Lynn University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) participated in a community service project in conjunction with 4ocean on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Spanish River Park. SAAC advisors assisted in the facilitation of the event while the Lynn women's soccer program was actively involved in the clean-up, embodying the athletic department's values of spirit, service and strength.
"Partnering with and assisting 4ocean for a beach cleanup was a great experience for everyone involved," noted SAAC Co-President Mara Notkin. "The success of this event will lead the SAAC advisory board to future community service projects. The feeling of impacting our local community with an organization such as 4ocean, who supports many Boca Raton-based projects, was awesome."
This was really the first time that our SAAC advisory board, as a whole, participated in an event together, of which we have plans to do this more in the future. It was awesome to make an impact in our local community in teaming up with 4ocean, who does a lot of great work in the Boca Raton area."
SAAC advisors were involved in the set-up, pre-registration process, collection of trash bags/work gloves and the breakdown of event. The women's soccer program volunteered its time in the collection of trash, participating in the event as a team.
"We have decided to use this event as a springboard in challenging more athletic programs at Lynn to volunteer their time. As shown by our experience with 4ocean, helping out our local community can be both impactful and rewarding," stated Notkin.
4ocean, a Boca Raton-based conservation organization, hosted the event at Spanish River Park as part of its two-year anniversary celebration. The non-profit's pledge is 'to clean up the ocean and the coastlines, one pound at a time.' Over 1,000 people came out to join in the cleaning, the most-ever participants at a 4ocean event.
To further its cause, 4ocean sells bracelets made from recycled materials, of which each one purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash. In less than two years, 4ocean has removed 3,166,701 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines.