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Tom Catena: Man on a mission

From Brown University to war-torn central Sudan, Tom Catena dedicates himself as the only trained doctor/surgeon serving close to 1 million people.

Cross Their Hearts

University of Virginia student-athletes Ryan Lukacovic and Michael Rhoads took up riding for a reason.

Sister School Support

After a Lubbock Christian volleyball player had emergency surgery, Oklahoma Christian students took it upon themselves to help a friend.

Feeding Their Souls

Neumann University emphasizes five values for its student body: reverence, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship. Each was on display when the field hockey team sacrificed a home game to serve others.

Plugged Into Life

Since beating cancer in 2009, Caitlyn Mortus’ mission has been to provide that opportunity to children fighting life-threatening illnesses through what she calls “social healing.”

Filling Backpacks, Stomachs - and Hearts

When Jenna Maury isn’t stuffing the stat sheet on the softball field or facts into her head for an upcoming psychology exam, she is cramming food into backpacks for needy families in her hometown of Lawton, Michigan.

A Load Off Their Feet

Vanderbilt University athletics likes to offer unique opportunities on an overseas trip for student-athletes. But this year, the adventure wasn’t just exciting but historic: a chance to visit Cuba.

Seniors’ Prom

Thanks to 25 college athletes at Rogers State University, residents of an area assisted-living center relived a special moment: prom night. The Hillcats Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a senior prom, complete with a prom king and queen, for residents at The Brookfield, an assisted-living center in Claremore, Oklahoma.

A Coach Connection

Even though her college tennis days are over, Duke University graduate Parker Goyer is still scoring aces with her international service. Goyer is the founder and director of Coach for College, an educational program that connects student-athletes from the United States with students in Vietnam.

Thinking Globally

Sarah Nieburg spent her childhood traveling for soccer, but last summer it took the Randolph-Macon College student-athlete farther than ever: to rural Ghana, where she spent six weeks encouraging gender empowerment through sport.

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