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Griffins in the Community


Each year, members of the Griffin family extend service to members of the community.

Previous Service Events:

September 2019 - On Sunday, the Fontbonne University softball, women's volleyball, and men's volleyball teams went out to Washington High School to team up with Special Olympics Missouri on their flag football tournament.

Fontbonne student-athletes helped run the event by marking downs, keeping score, assisting referees, passing out medals, and being event support in general. Upcoming Special Olympics events include soccer, bowling, and basketball with the winter months approaching.

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August 2019 - Head baseball coach, Ryan Good, along with Luke Summers and Braeden Dobbs, held a baseball clinic for a group of kids from Belgium. 

November 2018 - The Fontbonne University softball and baseball teams got together to deliver trees for the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments.

The group unloaded the truck full of trees and placed them on display for the seventh straight year. This is the 67th year of the tree lot operation and every dollar raised will provide critical early intervention services to children 0-3 years old with significant visual impairments, and provide group programs for children 3-18.

The DGC also provides family support services connecting its families with needed resources, transportation, clothing, food, education and advocacy. They also conduct vision screenings and strive to increase ability awareness in the community.

October 2018 - The Fontbonne University baseball team took part in helping with the Pedal the Cause event at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.

Mission of the Pedal the Cause

The Mission of Pedal the Cause to provide critical funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital through our annual cycling challenge. It is our hope that research funded by Pedal the Cause will ultimately lead to a cure for cancer.

Founded in 2009 with the bold model of using 100% of public donations to fund world-class cancer research, Pedal the Cause has quickly become the gateway to curing cancer – all cancers, for everyone. In this period of diminished federal funding where support typically gets funneled to already proven concepts, many potential new ideas are not deemed eligible. Pedal the Cause donations "seed" best-in-breed ideas at our beneficiaries to allow the cultivation of proof of concept and critical data. These seeded projects often turn into groundbreaking results that lead to new treatments and cures, preventions, and early detection diagnostics. Additionally, donations from Pedal the Cause make a positive economic impact in the St. Louis community as stronger research funding will continue to support this high profile and critically important segment of the St. Louis economy.


April 2017 - Fontbonne University men's and women's soccer programs gave back to the St. Louis soccer community by volunteering for the Special Needs Soccer Association (SPENSA). Boys and girls with ages 5-21 come to the World Wide Technology Soccer Park on Saturday mornings to play games, practice drills, and have fun with volunteers from local soccer teams. The volunteers are matched up with a SPENSA player and then have the opportunity to work on skills like passing, dribbling, and shooting. Both the children and volunteers have a great time learning about soccer and each other.

This is Fontbonne's second year volunteering with SPENSA. It's a rewarding community service experience that Fontbonne players hope to repeat year after year.

SPENSA is a non-profit organization is St. Louis that provides an opportunity for disabled children and young adults to play soccer.



December 2013- Fontbonne University Baseball players help get community residents ready for the Holiday season by working at the Shining Light Tree Lot benefiting the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. The Tree Lot is located at McCarthy Building Companies in Rock Hill.

Griffins cut down trees, loaded them up for customers, and enjoyed some hot cocoa while giving back. The University baseball team contributes to this event annually.


December 7, 2012- Fontbonne University’s Men’s Volleyball players and coaches helped the St. Louis Arc host an event for individuals with special needs.

The St. Louis Arc is a non-profit, United Way agency that provides support and services to more than 3,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Their fun night included dancing, mingling, and organizing snacks for the members of the Arc at the St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church.

December 2012- Fontbonne University Softball wrapped Christmas gifts at Winter Wonderland!!!

Oct. 18th- On October 17th and 18th, the men's and women's soccer teams wore special pink jerseys in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Sept. 24, 2012  - The Fontbonne University men's and women's soccer programs hosted a "SPENSA Soccer Saturday" event this weekend during the Griffins' game against Millikin University.

At halftime of the men's game, SPENSA members participated in a scrimmage to highlight the organization. The Special Needs Soccer Association, SPENSA, is a Not-for-Profit, St. Louis-based soccer program for young people with disabilities.

This program is open to any boy or girl with a disability, ages 5-21. It is designed to bring the excitement and fun of playing soccer to players who traditionally have not had a place in the youth soccer system. Games are normally played at the Anheuser Busch Soccer Park. The park is located at I-270 and Highway 44. SPENSA is free of charge to all of these very special children.

For more information regarding the organization, please click here.

Dec. 20, 2011 - The Fontbonne University men's and women’s soccer teams as well as the women’s softball team got "wrapped" up in the Christmas spirit as they recently volunteered at the Community Action Agency of St. Louis' Winter Wonderland Event. The team assisted families participating in the event by shopping for present and wrapping them. Fontbonne athletic teams have volunteered with the CAASTL for the last five years.


Dec. 20, 2011 - The Fontbonne University men's baseball team recently took time out of their day earlier this month to volunteer at the Delta Gamma Center for Children Shining Tree lot. Over 35 Fontbonne baseball players helped customers carry and load their Christmas trees on December 11th. Proceeds from the Christmas tree lot went to the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments.

Dec. 6, 2011 - The Fontbonne University men's lacrosse team's Christmas spirit was on full display this last week as they completed two holiday community service events. A handfull of Fontbonne men's lacrosse players recently volunteered at Fontbonne's Christmas Around Campus event on December 4th. The players performed the Yuletide Puppet Spectacular complete with hand-clapping, toe-tapping Christmas songs. The men's lacrosse team also participated in the Fontbonne for Families holiday event. The program is coordinated on campus through Fontbonne in Service and Humility (FISH). The team adopted a family through this event and provided clothing, toys and personal items. "Our program is very proud that we are able to help provide some holiday cheer for a less fortunate family," Fontbonne head coach Nick Silva said. "It reminds all members of our program how truly fortunate we are."