Partnering Leaders and Youth

Partnering Leaders and Youth

Fostering sustainable community partnerships by using sport as a developmental tool to connect students and youth

  • Started in Spring 2015, members of the Field Hockey team work with Boys and Girls Club of Troy by connecting with them through the sport of field hockey. There, the Field Hockey team holds clinics focusing on lesson of sport.
    Started in Spring 2015, members of the Field Hockey team work with Boys and Girls Club of Troy by connecting with them through the sport of field hockey. There, the Field Hockey team holds clinics focusing on lesson of sport.
  • Members from the Women’s Soccer team and the Boys and Girls Club of Albany created the founding partnership to the PLAY program. Members from the team facilitate clinics for the youth teaching skills of soccer as well as strengthening their mentoring relationships, reinforcing lessons from sport, and encouraging healthy living.
    Members from the Women’s Soccer team and the Boys and Girls Club of Albany created the founding partnership to the PLAY program. Members from the team facilitate clinics for the youth teaching skills of soccer as well as strengthening their mentoring relationships, reinforcing lessons from sport, and encouraging healthy living.
  • Beginning in Spring 2016, members from the Men’s Soccer team works with Karen refugee students who participate in the Writing Partnership at Bishop Maginn. Through the love of the game the boys are able to get to know each other further and build a lasting bond.
    Beginning in Spring 2016, members from the Men’s Soccer team works with Karen refugee students who participate in the Writing Partnership at Bishop Maginn. Through the love of the game the boys are able to get to know each other further and build a lasting bond.
  • Beginning in the Fall 2015, members from the Men’s and Women’s lacrosse team have teamed up with the Police Athletic League of Albany. There they facilitate lacrosse lessons that involve teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship to children aged 9-14.
    Beginning in the Fall 2015, members from the Men’s and Women’s lacrosse team have teamed up with the Police Athletic League of Albany. There they facilitate lacrosse lessons that involve teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship to children aged 9-14.
  • Beginning in the Fall 2015, members from the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Team connects with 15 Love, a non-profit organization that focuses on participation in tennis and a healthy lifestyle. At 15 Love, members from the team reinforce the mission of the non-profit using their tennis expertise.
    Beginning in the Fall 2015, members from the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Team connects with 15 Love, a non-profit organization that focuses on participation in tennis and a healthy lifestyle. At 15 Love, members from the team reinforce the mission of the non-profit using their tennis expertise.

Are you a student athlete who wants to further develop your relationships with the community, especially youth? The Center for Academic Community Engagement offers a unique program called PLAY that is led by an outstanding group of fellows who will guide you in teaching sport to at-risk youth while incorporating lessons of sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and other important life-long skills.

PLAY Brochure


Discover PLAY

Discover PLAY

During your offseason, grab some friends and get involved! Working around your athletic and academic commitment, you will commit to 6 sessions in your off-season semester. A PLAY team leader will be responsible for working closely with your fellow to develop a plan for each clinic and schedule for the semester.

Current PLAY partnerships include members from the following teams:

  • Men's and Women's Lacrosse -  Albany Police Athletic League
  • Field Hockey - Boys and Girls Club of Troy
  • Women's Soccer - Boys and Girls Club of Albany
  • Mens Soccer - the Writing Partnership with Bishop Maginn
  • Men's and Women's Tennis - 15 Love
How PLAY Students are Supported

The fellow will support you by coordinating the partnership between students and the community partner. Working together they will create a schedule of visits throughout the semester with transportation being provided for you! During the clinics, a community partner employee will be present and available to assist if needed.

After Being Involved in the Program

After being a part of PLAY, you will feel a strong connection with a group of youth in the Capital Region. You will understand your impact and the power of your sport while also learning more about yourself and the community.

Get in Touch with Us

Have questions or would like to learn more details about PLAY? Contact Kelly Finn '16 at kfinn@siena.edu or (518) 782-6974 to learn more about this great opportunity to connect with youth through the power of sport. And if you are ready to apply, just click the button below to submit your application.

PLAY Fellows

Meet the PLAY Fellows

Kelsey Horst '18