Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC)
Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC) is a passionate coalition of current and former college student-athletes who want to use their leadership skills to make a real difference on a local, national, and international level. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization began as a natural offshoot of our Leadership Academies and allows interested student-athletes to apply their leadership skills to social change issues across the globe. SALSC has raised over $200,000 during the past four years to help build or refurbish schools for impoverished communities in Kenya, Ecuador, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New Orleans.
Check out the Big Ten Network's Special Feature on SALSC and Co-Founder CeCe Marizu:
In 2010, SALSC sent a team of student-athletes from Michigan, Illinois, Lehigh, North Carolina, and Central Michigan to Sikirar, a small remote village in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. The team of student-athletes worked side by side with the Maasai tribe to help build the school SALSC funded, conducted a sports camp for the local children, went on a water walk with the mamas of the village, and immersed themselves in the Kenyan culture.
Check out our SALSC Kenya Highlight Video:
In 2011, SALSC sent a team of student-athletes from Michigan, Illinois, Lehigh, North Carolina, Central Michigan, and Iowa State to Chismaute, Ecuador. Again, the team worked side by side with the community to build an elementary school, support a Girls' Leadership Club, implement a water project, and develop a sports field for the community. SALSC also won the Big Dreamers Award and a $5,000 grant from Free the Children for their inspiring work.
Check out our SALSC Ecuador Highlight Video:
Over 50 student-athletes representing Illinois, Michigan, Lehigh, Minnesota, Michigan State, and Central Michigan painted Benjamin Banneker Elementary School on Chicago's southside on June 9, 2012 in conjunction with the Chicago Serve-a-thon. Over $1500 was raised and donated toward the project. Check out the article links below:
SALSC raised over $56,000 and sent a team of student-athletes from Michigan, Illinois, Lehigh, and North Carolina to build an elementary school in Ngosuani, Kenya. The service team spent a week in Kenya building the school, learning about the Maasai culture, playing games with the school children, and visiting Kisaruni Girls High School.
Check out our SALSC Kenya 2012 Highlight Video:
NEW ORLEANS 2013
SALSC raised $15,000 to refurbish schools in New Orleans still impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Student-athletes from Lehigh, Illinois, Michigan, UNC, UCF, UNE, Augustana, Grinnell, and Sacramento State teamed up to transform Sylvanie Williams College Prepatory School. SALSC also worked with Arc of New Orleans for the mentally disadvantaged to plant a sustainable garden and recycled and repurposed over 2,000 pounds of discarded Mardi Gras beads that would have ended up in the landfill.
Check out our SALSC New Orleans highlight video:
See the student-athlete blogs about the service trip below:
Twenty student-athletes from Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, and Illinois-Chicago painted Pritzker Elementary School in Chicago on June 15, 2013 in conjunction with the Chicago Serve-a-thon. Over $700 was raised and donated toward the project.