Pepperdine University's goal is to "strengthen lives for purpose, service and leadership" and the Pepperdine Department of Athletics is a strong believer in helping its student-athletes to meet this goal. Pepperdine's motto is "Freely ye received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8), and thus, the school's athletic teams embrace the concept of volunteerism and service to the community. Both teams and individual student-athletes are regularly taking on projects that will better the lives of others.
Some service projects the Waves participate in are:
- Step Forward, an annual event held each fall devoted to community service, when more than a thousand Pepperdine students, staff, faculty and alumni will disperse throughout Southern California in order to lend a hand to those in need. Pepperdine's athletic teams have volunteer every year for this event.
- Every Thursday night, numerous student-athletes volunteer at Standing on Stone Ministries (SOS), a homeless shelter at a local elementary school.
- The baseball team annually participates in the Nephcure Walk in Thousand Oaks, which raises funds to find a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome, a debilitating kidney disease.
- The women's volleyball team is one of many across the country that hold a "Dig Pink" night to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the fight against breast cancer.
- Pepperdine's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which promotes the welfare of student-athletes, commits to promoting community service opportunities through organizations such as Standing on Stone Ministries and the Children's Hunger Fund.
- Men's water polo coach Terry Schroeder has long been involved with the Special Olympics and includes his team in his activities with the organization.
- The baseball coaching staff holds free coaching clinics every year for parents who are becoming new coaches in the Malibu Little League.
- The women's soccer team hosts a camp every year for youth soccer players.
Other less-specific examples of service, both past and present, include:
- Student-athletes speaking in local elementary schools about the importance of education ... Student-athletes serving as tutors for underprivileged children ... Teams putting on clinics before and after games for children in attendance ... Volunteers helping Habitat for Humanity build a house in Oxnard ... Collecting toys for Toys for Tots in exchange for game admission ... Collecting food for local homeless shelters at games in exchange for game admission.