More than 300 Dowling College student-athletes, coaches and staff members are expected to don gloves to help beautify parts of Islip today.
The effort, postponed a week due to inclement weather, marks the sixth year Dowling Athletics and Keep Islip Clean have combined to help clean up the area, officials said.
KIC, a certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., works year-round with local volunteers to pick up roadside litter, paint over graffiti and improve quality of life in all 18 Islip hamlets. Dowling Athletics is one of the largest groups to work with the organization, cleaning up the neighborhood the college calls home.
Last October, college participants were assigned different areas throughout the town, picking up well more than 100 bags of trash during the day. In addition, volunteers covered up unsightly graffiti with the help of the Town of Islip Anti-Graffiti Unit.
“The student-athletes and staff of Dowling Athletics are committed to helping the community whether it be through holding youth clinics throughout the year or picking up trash on the street,” athletics vice president Rick Cole Jr. said in a statement.