The Lady Bulldog softball team recently made news when it adopted Taft Elementary School in Redwood City through the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI). BAWSI is a nonprofit group founded to partner collegiate student athletes with primarily low income elementary schools. Their mission is to get girls to play, interact and develop self-esteem. CSM’s student athletes worked with sixty third through fifth graders on a variety of activities from hula hoop and jump rope games to relay races. Each week they featured a new Word of the Week; words included “commitment,” “responsibility,” “teamwork,” and “respect” and they were incorporated into the activities. The players also gave each student journal for capturing their weekly learning experiences.