Some of you Gopher fans have seen our M.A.G.I.C. bus (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community) visiting your schools, neighborhoods or communities. When you look at the bus, did you ever wonder how 12 of our 720 student-athletes receive the honor of being featured there? In the third of our four-part series, we featured student-athletes who have given back and represented their program in a positive way. Check back later this summer for our fourth and final installment of our M.A.G.I.C. series.
Women’s Gymnastics: Kaitlin Rahon (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS)
Kaitlin Rahon was not only a leader in the gymnastics gym, but in the community as well. In her senior season, Rahon was named the team’s most valuable teammate and competed in the floor and beam at NCAA Regionals. Outside the gym, she was one of the team’s leading volunteers. During her time as a Gopher, Rahon volunteered with organizations such as HopeKids, Feed My Starving Children, ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) and Goldys Run. She also spent many hours helping with Kidstop events during the summer months. Thank you, Kaitlin for your outstanding service both in and out of the gym!
Baseball: Cody Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS)
Cody Campbell has not only competed on the mound for the Gophers, but has made quite the impact off it. Since arriving to campus four years ago, Campbell volunteered more than 300 hours in the local community. He even interned with the M.A.G.I.C. program in addition to his internship at Be the Match during the summer of 2016. Hand selected by Land O’ Lakes directly, Campbell also received the department’s award for Outstanding Achievement Award in Leadership and Service. Campbell spent the most time with local elementary schools, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Be the Match, Create a Memory, Camp Odayin (kids summer camp for children with heart disase), Gopher Global, and HopeKids, to name a few. Thank you, Cody, for all you did to represent the University of Minnesota and Gopher baseball!
Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field: Paige Peschel (Westfield, Wis./Westfield Area HS)
When Paige Peschel isn’t running on the track, she’s putting in the effort in her community. Since being a Golden Gopher, Peschel has volunteered over 160 hours with the M.A.G.I.C. program. So much so, she was also a summer intern, where she helped plan the HopeDay Festival. The annual event marks the largest community service event of the year for Gopher Athletics. Along with her efforts of organizing HopeDay, Peschel also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hearts & Hammers, White Dove Foundation, Masonic Children’s Hospital, Girls on the Run and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Not to mention, countless visits to local elementary schools and community centers. Thank you, Paige, for your efforts in the Minneapolis/St. Paul community!
M.A.G.I.C. Bus Part II
M.A.G.I.C. Bus Part I
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