As the calendar turns to December, the UW-Superior Athletics Department is excited for the 2017 edition of ’Jackets Giving Back, a week of giving initiative designed to use athletic events and other local opportunities to help UW-Superior student-athletes make the holiday season better for others.
“Last year, for the first time, we dedicated an entire week to volunteerism and giving back to our community, doing a variety of different things and it was very well received,” said Nick Bursik, UW-Superior Interim Athletics Director. “The members of our Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) indicated that not only did they want to do it again, but they wanted to find a way to do more – to make the season a little brighter for people in Superior and the surrounding area.”
The Second Annual ’Jackets Giving Back initiative begins Monday, December 4, when Yellowjacket student-athletes and staff will take an entire day and ring bells for the Salvation Army at Super One Harbor View in Superior. From 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. the Yellowjackets will do their best to stuff the familiar red kettles at the Super One store in Superior’s East End (2202 East 2 Street).
The always popular Caroling for Cans will take place throughout the city of Superior on Thursday, December 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. With Caroling for Cans, Yellowjacket student-athletes will be going from door-to-door, singing carols in exchange for non-perishable food items.
“Caroling for Cans is really where all of this started,” Bursik said. “Our S.A.A.C. group started the tradition a number of years ago and we’ve built the week of giving around this anchor event. It has only continued to grow. Last year we brought in more than 500 pounds of food that we donated to the food shelf at St. Vincent de Paul here in Superior. Our goal is to break that, and maybe even double the amount of food we bring in this year.”
Four Yellowjacket sports teams will once again wear ugly sweater themed attire. The men’s and women’s hockey teams will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will wear ugly sweater themed warm-up shirts that will be sold after the games.
Yellowjacket Athletics will also be collecting toys at all home games next week to benefit the Toys for Tots drive of the Superior Fire Department.
New to the week of giving is a pair of visits to the Lighthouse of Superior, where Yellowjacket student-athletes will spend time visiting and taking part in holiday activities with residents.
Also new for 2017 is Yellowjacket sports teams donating gifts to families who have registered with the Giving Tree, which is housed at the UW-Superior Veterans and Non-Traditional Student Center (VNSC).
“We’re very excited about the different things that we’ll be doing over the course of the next week,” Bursik said. “We know that we are in a very fortunate position, and we are happy to be able to help those that need it during this season.”
Schedule of Events
Monday, December 4: Salvation Army Bell Ringing with Yellowjacket student-athletes and staff from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Super One Harbor View, Superior
Tuesday, December 5: Yellowjackets visit Lighthouse of Superior
Wednesday, December 6: Giving Tree Gift Wrapping; Toys for Tots Drive at Basketball Games vs. The College of St. Scholastica. Men’s Basketball at 5:30 p.m., Women’s Basketball at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 7: Caroling for Cans – 5 to 8 p.m. throughout Superior
Friday, December 8: Yellowjackets visit Lighthouse of Superior; Toys for Tots Drive at Women’s Hockey game; Women’s Hockey Ugly Sweater Night at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 9: Toys for Tots Drive at all games; Men’s Basketball at 3 p.m., Men’s Hockey at 7 p.m., and Women’s Basketball Ugly Sweater Night at 5 p.m.