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Huskies give back

December 18, 2014

Hope Haven SA GroupMembers of the Northern Illinois University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) gave back to the community this past week, delivering presents to DeKalb families at Hope Haven in conjunction with the Adopt-A-Family program.

Hope Haven, a homeless shelter that provides meals and life skills programs for families in DeKalb County, sent 10-12 families’ wish list to the NIU SAAC group, who divided the list amongst the 17 teams on campus to buy gifts for the families.

“We’ve worked with Hope Haven for the last few years and their Adopt-A-Family program is a great event for our student-athletes to give back to those less fortunate in our local community. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Hope Haven in the future,” said Shelby Miller, Compliance and Student Services Graduate Assistant. On Wednesday, December 10, members of the Huskies’ golf, soccer, tennis and track teams loaded up a pickup truck and one of the NIU Golf vans with gifts from the teams and delivered them to Hope Haven.

NIU student-athletes participated in 488 different community service opportunities and accounted for 6,165 hours of community service, an average of 15.2 hours per Huskie student-athlete. Academically, Northern Illinois University boasts an NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GPR) percentage of 89, the best rate in the Mid-American Conference.

Hope Haven’s mission is to provide shelter, meals, and life skills programs for homeless individuals and families while preparing them for re-housing. Hope Haven advocates for the rights of the homeless, and those at risk of becoming homeless, while working in collaboration with others to end homelessness in DeKalb County.