Step Forward Day Recap: Women's Swimming & Diving

Shannon Adkins (right)

Sept. 11, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. – Every year, students, alumni, faculty and staff gather for Pepperdine University’s Step Forward Day, an annual day of collective volunteer service. Now in its 24th year, the University has been committed to beginning each school year with a day of service to communities around the nation. Dozens of campus organizations, including several of the Waves’ athletics teams, assisted nonprofit groups, schools, churches and parks throughout Southern California. Alumni chapters across the county also made an impact by participating in organized service projects in their own communities.

Step Forward Day began in 1988 when two Pepperdine students recognized the need for volunteers in the local community and sought to encourage service among their peers. The projects began as small acts of service from helping to repair homes of local senior citizens to planting gardens at Webster Elementary School.

The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team spent the day clearing hiking trails in Malibu. Senior Shannon Adkins shares her experience:

“For Step Forward Day, our team had the chance to work with the gentlemen of the Santa Monica Mountain Trails Council out at the (Malibu) Bluffs. We widened and cleared brush off of the trails so hikers and runners can enjoy safe, wide open trails while exercising. Making a difference somewhere so close to our school on trails that we, along with our friends, like to hike regularly was truly a blessing. Working with these men brought me to the realization that maintaining hiking trails is a lot of work, but has very rewarding results. It is safe to say that I now have a greater appreciation for all of the work that goes into keeping a clean and safe hiking environment for our community.”

To find out more about Pepperdine’s service opportunities, visit the Volunteer Center.



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