UMBC Men’s Basketball and Volleyball Pitch in at Patapsco Valley State Park

UMBC Men’s Basketball and Volleyball Pitch in at Patapsco Valley State Park

BALTIMORE – UMBC's student-athletes continued to show community support last week as the Retrievers' volleyball and men's basketball teams pitched in to keep the local community beautiful. The two squads, comprised of approximately 21 student-athletes, visited Patapsco Valley State Park, just a few short miles from campus, on Friday, Aug. 7 to assist park rangers in removing graffiti and vast amounts of trash near the park's Buzzard Rock Trail.

"Our trip to Patapsco Valley State Park was a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the community and the environment," said men's basketball senior forward Cody Joyce. "Most of us have never hiked before so everybody had to help one another. While we were picking up trash and hiking, we were also bonding."

Armed with wire brushes, heavy work gloves and garbage bags, the Retrievers spent the morning removing waste in an effort to restore the natural beauty of one of Maryland's first state parks (1907).

Friday marked the final community service outing of the summer for the three teams (volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball) participating in the athletic department's summer bridge program, Summer S.L.A.M. (Service, Learning and Mentorship).