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.
Waves Competing with Purpose