Teaming Up for Service
On April 28, Princeton University athletes took a break from the normal routine of class and competition and volunteered in the local community as part of the Princeton Varsity Club's Weapons of Mass Construction (WOMC) program. Founded in 2009, the Weapons of Mass Construction program is a way for undergraduate student-athletes, coaches and administrators to give back to the region.
This year, with the help of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, WOMC partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton to make a difference in Trenton, NJ. At Habitat for Humanity's build site student-athletes helped break up sidewalks and work on a series of townhomes rising on East State Street. Student-athletes also participated in a garden project to help bring to life new gardens at five sites in Princeton.
“Our athletic program aims to complement and enhance the educational mission of the University and aims to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to achieve, to serve and to lead," said Mollie Marcoux Samaan ’91, Ford Family Director of Athletics. "The Weapons of Mass Construction service series is an extension of our belief in the value of 'Education Through Athletics' and a wonderful opportunity to connect and directly benefit the surrounding community.”
Through WOMC, the Princeton Varsity Club has partnered with several non-profit organizations, including HomeFront, Community House, Isles, Inc., the YMCA of Trenton(, the United Way of Greater Mercer County, and Jersey Cares. Projects have included building community gardens, restoring hurricane-damaged properties, refurbishing community centers and renovating the future site of a sustainable urban village.