November 13 - An energetic group of 15 Georgia State student-athletes and a couple coaches spent a Saturday in November helping to clean up and spruce up the Hammond Park neighborhood near the GSU campus.

Members of the women's tennis team, the women's golf team, the women's soccer team, the softball team and the baseball team united to work together on this service project.

Softball's Whitney Phillips explained: "We met early in the morning at a nearby church. We split up into small groups and were given different areas and streets as our projects. We picked up trash and stuffed into the bags, we pulled weeds, we raked leaves, we shoveled and we swept. It was hard work, but we tried to make it fun by getting to know each other and speak to residents as they came by. Everybody was tired and worn out by the end of the day, but we knew we had accomplished something and were proud the work was done right. The free pizza at the end helped get us our energy back as we told stories of our day's work to one another."

Georgia State's student-athletes have a combined goal of serving 4,000 total hours of community service this year, which averages out to about 15 hours per student-athlete.