NYIT student-athletes lead ECC, rank fourth in Division II in volunteer hours logged in 2017-18

Tom Brennan and Dang Pham were among the NYIT men's lacrosse players who helped clean the banks of Lake Ronkonkoma back in October.
Tom Brennan and Dang Pham were among the NYIT men's lacrosse players who helped clean the banks of Lake Ronkonkoma back in October.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — NYIT Athletics leads the East Coast Conference and ranks fourth in Division II in community service hours logged this academic year, according to data released by the NCAA.

NYIT student-athletes most recently raised money for Make-A-Wish by participating in the Polar Bear Plunge in Long Beach on Sunday.

In all, NYIT student-athletes have combined to log 2,300 hours of community service this academic year.

The lacrosse teams have been among the most active. The women have participated in a holiday toy drive for Toys for Tots as well as Jones Beach walks to raise funds for breast cancer research and suicide prevention. The men helped clean up the banks of Lake Ronkonkoma among other philanthropic activities.

Georgian Court leads the Division II standings for community service hours logged, followed by No. 2 Arkansas Tech, No. 3 Georgia Southwestern State, then No. 4 NYIT.

Among ECC schools in the top 20 nationally, Roberts Wesleyan is fifth, Daemen 10th and Molloy 18th.