Sunbirds win second community engagement award

Fresno Pacific University brought home the Pacific West Conference Community Engagement Award for the second consecutive year after FPU student-athletes spent more than 3,000 hours serving their community during the 2014-15 season. The award is given annually to the institution that best served its community during the academic year, and this year was awarded to both FPU and Point Loma University.

FPU student-athletes and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) volunteered a grand total of 3,054 combined hours of community service and community engagement during the season, working with 25 different organizations to serve the greater Fresno area, including Joni & Friends, which works with people with disabilities, and Team IMPACT, which matches children facing life threatening illnesses with college athletic teams. The baseball team added Emilio Gomez to its roster, a local 11-year-old who has been battling lymphoma. In the spring the FPU SAAC hosted its second annual Sunbird Sports Day, inviting local children to campus for a day of games and activities.

Each team participated in multiple community service activities. For a full list as well as a video feature, visit

For a video on FPU's partnership with Team IMPACT, visit


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations