Maryland field hockey goaltender Christina Calandra arrived at UM Harford Memorial Hospital feeling that her onerous work was being put to a special finish than her second-place staff.
Calandra retrieved three extra-large rubbish baggage full of garments from her automobile and took them to the hospital’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Program (SAFE).
Calandra shares an interchangeable goaltender position with teammate Paige Kieft for a crushing Maryland protection that has 4 shutouts this season. Calandra has began six video games whereas Kieft has began 11 for a staff with nationwide championship ambitions.
For Maryland head coach Missy Meharg, Calandra’s selflessness on the field was instrumental within the Terps’ success this season.
“What’s so cool between the two is that they want the team to be defended by the best goalkeeper of the time,” Meharg stated. “They are in this together, they can easily deal with a new type of situation and they want the best for the goalkeeper that is required.”
While her abilities are important on the field, it is two programs which have fueled the star goaltender’s need to headline a clothes marketing campaign.
As a part of the necessities for a minor certificates, Calandra has enrolled within the Social Action Sequence, which requires college students to take tutorial programs HESI320 and HESI321 in consecutive semesters. HESI320 was recorded in fall 2020 whereas she recorded the latter in spring 2021.
She took the programs given by Dr. Melissa L. Rocco, Director of Leadership Studies.
According to Rocco, the programs are designed to assist college students have interaction with a “social topic of their interest.” The college students use the autumn semester to dedicate themselves to an concern of their selection earlier than they turn into energetic within the following semester.
“Students are encouraged to reflect on their own identity and connection to the community and how that might align with what’s close to their hearts and what social issues they want to delve into,” Rocco stated.
Calandra selected two impacts within the Violence Ambassador Program and led a clothes marketing campaign.
The Violence Ambassador Program is a 10-hour class, three to 4 days every week, that teaches college students how to intervene in power-based violence eventualities. These eventualities embody an worker and supervisor, participant and coach, or anybody ready of authority.
Through the course, she developed the inspiration to lead the SAFE clothes marketing campaign.
However, Calandra was motivated to manage a clothes marketing campaign for girls who have been sexually abused. With girls’s clothes being examined by police for proof, Calandra wished victims to put on comfy clothes as an alternative of hospital robes on their approach dwelling.
“Sometimes you need a little push. This class was a nudge for me to get a little more involved in the community,” Calandra stated. “It helps you make a lasting impression, which I’m grateful for.”
The Massachusetts Native started scouting for sources for his or her assist in amassing garments for the experience.
So Calandra used the Gossett Center for Academic & Personal Excellence on the University of Maryland to try to acquire unused gear from scholar athletes to donate to the attire drive. With the assistance of members of the Gossett Center, she organized a bucket to be positioned within the constructing for college students to drop off inappropriate clothes.
Shy at first, she accepted the accountability and finally discovered solace in her choice. Anonymous scholar athletes introduced sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts, socks and jackets.
During her freshman yr in Maryland, she wore a medium-sized Under Armor staff uniform. However, due to intense coaching and bodily expectations, Calandra is now sporting a big one. So she determined to donate her now too small garments to a very good trigger.
She appears ahead to persevering with to give her time and vitality to assist others in want.
“There are other people in the community who want to make a difference with you, and there will be people who want to go with you and make this community a better place,” Calandra stated.