Every undertaking of the South Dakota State Football program is driven by a common force – a commitment to excellence. Excellence is measured by much more than wins and losses within Jackrabbit Football. We are committed to providing each and every student-athlete with a comprehensive collegiate experience that is second to none. A part of the collegiate experience is giving back to the campus, Brookings community, the state of South Dakota, and beyond. In recent years, a commitment to community service has been added to the criteria necessary to earn a varsity letter within the Jackrabbit football program. During the 2012-2013 school year Jackrabbit Football student-athletes participated in over 1,300 hours of volunteer time. Over the past few years, SDSU football players have participated in the following community service projects and activities:
*Conducting a youth football clinic each fall and assisting with the annual Fast Break Basketball Clinic, as well as volunteering time working the Willie Mac youth basketball tournament which raises funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Brookings.
*Visiting hospitals and Children’s Home Society care facilities in Sioux Falls as a part of the annual Paint the Falls Blue event.
*Reading at elementary schools in Brookings, along with other school visits to promote exercise and healthy habits.
* Serving as student-athlete ambassadors for the Jackrabbit Scholarship Auction and other Athletic Department fundraising events.
* Taking part in campus cleanup efforts.
* Collecting food for the Brookings Food Pantry.
* Raising more than $5,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
* Traveling to Pine Ridge Reservation for the Samaritan’s Feet organization.
* Spending spring break in Jamaica to assist with the reconstruction of communities.
* Assisting in sandbagging efforts at Lake Poinsett and Fort Pierce to help flood victims.
Everyone associated with Jackrabbit Athletics understand the important role South Dakota State University plays in the city of Brookings, as well as the state of South Dakota. Because the football program and its student-athletes derive so much support – both financial and emotional – from the residents of the city, state, and region, importance is placed on giving back to the community through service projects, volunteering, and fundraising for charitable organizations.