Community Service

    Saluki "Extend A Paw" Program

    Extend A Paw is a community outreach program which creates community service projects designed to assist schools, hospitals, charities, and other agencies in the Southern Illinois community. Saluki student-athletes volunteer their time and efforts, and serve as positive role models to children, youth, and adults in the Carbondale area.


    Reading with the Dawgs

    Student-athletes visit elementary classes and read books to the younger students, and encourage them to read on their own. Furthermore, the student-athletes encourage students to stay in school, and become involved in a sport.

    MVC/State Farm Just Read!
    In November of 1998, the Missouri Valley Conference began a community outreach program called "Just Read!" The "Just Read" program involves student-athletes on men's and women's athletic teams going into their local communities and talking to grade school students about the importance of reading. During the visits with the elementary children, the student-athletes talk about how reading is not only a learning experience but is enjoyable and fun, and can be a life-long hobby.

    Check out the links below to see pictures from the reading days!

  • See pictures from the Saluki's visit to SIU Headstart in Carbondale on December 8, 2000!

  • See pictures from the Saluki's visit to Thomas School on November 15, 2000!

  • See pictures from the Saluki's Visit to Winkler School on October 13, 2000!


    Holiday Helper

    Around the holidays, the academic coordinators office and student-athletes assist local charities and organizations in a variety of ways.


    Food Drive

    Each year during the Fall Semester, a food drive is conducted with donations distributed to local organizations.

    On Saturday, October 14, 2000, Student Athletes collected food at the SIU football game vs. Drake University. All donations were distributed to the Carbondale Women's Center and the Grace Food Pantry.


    Secret Santa

    Through Catholic Social Services, Saluki Athletics participates in the "Secret Santa" program. Staff members and student-athletes donate Christmas gifts for local foster children. These children experience the true meaning of Christmas when they awake to find a present mysteriously placed under the tree.


    National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    Established in 1987, National Girls and Women in Sports Day calls attention to the positive influence of sports and fitness participation and seeks to advance the struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

    This Spring 2000, in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, several SIU female athletes visited Giant City Schools to discuss their involvement in sports at the collegiate level. Student-athletes discussed the importance of teamwork, dedication and leadership. Elementary students also had the opportunity to ask questions.