Equestrian to Continue Philanthropic Ways
July 12, 2013
Story by Courtney Motz, TCU Media Relations Intern
TCU equestrian logged over 500 hours of community service during the 2012-2013 season and was awarded TCU's Hal Jay Community Spirit Award for its efforts. The team looks to continue to make philanthropy a priority this year.
For the past two years, philanthropy committee leader Victoria Giachino organized committee members and planned the community service events, but since her graduation, junior hunt seat teammate Kelsi Schatz will take over the leadership position.
TCU equestrian will continue to create "Frog Boxes" this year. Frog Boxes are care packages that the team puts together to send to TCU alumni fighting overseas. The team partners with the Nocona Boot company to auction off two pairs of TCU cowboy boots in order to raise money for the packages. Hunt seat sophomore Kate Hamel says the Frog Boxes were her favorite event because "the team was able to come together to make a difference in U.S. Military men and women's lives by letting them know the TCU frogs support them."
Hamel says that she loves being a part of the team's philanthropy committee because it gives her the chance to be more involved with the team and create an opportunity for the girls to work together to help the community.
Program director Haley Schoolfield hopes to improve upon the 500 hours this year. She says that philanthropy is an integral aspect of the team and a great way to give back to a community that supports the team so much.
Schatz would like to partner with Wings of Hope, a therapeutic horseback riding program, and the March of Dimes this year. The committee will continue to work with TCU Leaps, the Fort Worth Boy's and Girl's Club, the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and the Humane Society of North Texas.