Federal Relations

While the nation is focused on the presidential election in one of the more unusually volatile political years, the U.S. House of Representatives has been battling behind the scenes to produce a budget for FY17. On the Senate side, Budget Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) has repeatedly said that there is no reason to do this, as last year’s budget agreement included funding levels for FY17.

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Letter from the Editor

This month's issue of Connections features football players from Fordham University and volleyball players from Wheeling Jesuit University who are making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate by volunteering at home and abroad. As well, College of the Holy Cross lacrosse alumni launched a career mentorship program to give back to their alma mater by helping current players find jobs after graduation. And the innovative Inside the L program at Le Moyne College is teaching student-athletes how to seek the Magis and find God in all things – both on the court and off.

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Great Sports Live Inside the “L”

Le Moyne College’s Jesuit identity is alive in the classroom – and on the basketball court, lacrosse field, and baseball diamond. On the Heights, athletic success isn’t just about statistics. It’s about the way that coaches lead and mentor 335 student-athletes; the community service projects that transform individual players into one cohesive team; and the way that fans and even competitors are treated when they arrive on campus. It’s also about the ways in which student-athletes choose to live their lives, long after they have graduated from Le Moyne.

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Team Training, Beyond Practice

Every spring for the past four years, Fordham University’s football players have taken part in off-season exercises that are challenging, immersive and designed to build team unity. Like summer and fall practices, these are mandatory. But they have nothing to do with wind sprints, drills, or directives. Rather, the players must complete at least two community service projects, learning the value of helping the less fortunate while also absorbing an ethic of service that ultimately benefits the team.

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The Thrill of a Lifetime: A History of Jesuit Basketball at Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland's basketball program has thrived over the years by challenging bigger schools such as Villanova, Georgetown, University of Maryland and Seton Hall, and competed for bragging rights with local rivals Mount St. Mary’s, Towson University, Catholic University, University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Baltimore. The history of Loyola’s program is chronicled in the book, Running with the Greyhounds, A Century of Loyola Maryland Basketball History (Dovedale Publishing).

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Wheeling Jesuit Volleyball Players Make Impact On and Off the Court

Most people recognize Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) students Haley Kindall and Kayce Krucki for their exploits on the volleyball court. But to children in Guatemala and Tanzania, they are the women who built classrooms at an orphanage, taught them English and painted their fingernails. For Kindall and Krucki, the Jesuit motto of ‘service to others’ is more than a phrase—service to others is how they live each day.

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