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Athletes Who Care

Athletes Who Care (AWC) is a unique program that provides our GVSU student athletes with an opportunity to connect with younger generations of students who will be attending college in the near future. The purpose is to encourage our local youth in their educational journey and to leave a lasting impression that will inspire them to continue their education.

The AWC Mentor Program allows student athletes to reach out to local charter schools and mentor K-12 students. Student athletes can be placed in any grade and can volunteer both in and out of the classroom. Tasks include tutoring, reading, helping out at the playground or in the lunchroom, assisting teachers with grading and much more!

The AWC Visit Program provides an opportunity for middle school students (grades 6-8) to come to Grand Valley's Campus to get a taste of what college athletics is like.  The students get a chance to ask the student-athletes questions about their college experience, take a campus tour, participate in a motivational workshop by Dr. Arnold, and attend a GVSU sporting event. One of the best parts about this aspect of the program is that it is completely free of charge for the participating schools! All transportation, food, workshops, and tickets to the sporting event are covered by GVSU.

Athletes Who Care is a rewarding experience for both the Grand Valley student athletes and the students they work with. We are always eager to learn of more opportunities to give back to West Michigan. If your organization is seeking enthusiastic volunteers, please contact Mike Jones at If you are a student athlete looking to get involved with the community and AWC, you can sign up in the LAKER Academic Center (B152 Fieldhouse), or call Mike at (616) 331-3374.

"Grand Valley athletes who inspire and empower today's youth by bridging the gap between academics and athletics."