University of Delaware Dance Team Making a Difference in the Community
December 6, 2011
NEWARK, Del. – Community service is a major part of being a Blue Hen student-athlete. One team has been changing lives this past fall.
The University of Delaware Dance Team has participated in a community service project once a month for the last four months.
Their projects this school year started in September when the team visited the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark and sorted and packed food packages for the needy.
In October, the team attended the Delaware Auto Show at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington and greeted guests and took photos.
Later in October the girls took part in a Breast Cancer Walk through Rodney Square in Wilmington in support of a team member’s mother who is a recent cancer survivor. The squad named its mission "Two Step for Toni" in her honor.
The team most recently participated in Adopt-A-Highway. In November, the team members cleaned their designated two-mile stretch of Elkton Road from the University campus to the Acme Market.
Head coach Nicole Daliessio-Zehnder has pushed the community efforts to her team and the group has responded in a big way.
“I find that taking an active role in our community is a vital responsibility for my team members,” Daliessio-Zehnder said. “They really enjoy these experiences and always ask when we will contribute again. They feel that they can truly make a difference and impact others and the world around them.”
The dance team has additional community service projects scheduled in the coming months, including another trip to the Food Bank later in December and a visit to the children at A.I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington in January.
They will also team with the UDance organization for their annual dance marathon in March and will participate in the March of Dimes Relay for Life event during the spring.
To keep up with all the news involving the UD Dance Team, see their website at www.udel.edu/danceteam.
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