Pay It Forward
Star Husky forward and national Hockey Humanitarian Award winner Missy Elumba, ’09, gives her all on the rink—and all over the world.
Through the charitable club Northeastern Students 4 Giving and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Elumba helped distribute small grants to combat violence and promote fitness among Boston youth.
Inspired by Mother Theresa, Elumba then went global, volunteering at a health clinic and at an orphanage in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she cared for mentally disabled children. “It was awesome and intense, and opened my eyes to international health care,” the health science major says.
Elumba next ventured to Calcutta, India, where, bearing just a backpack, a pillow, and her blue guitar, she provided medical care, prayer, and music therapy at a home for the destitute and dying. Given the language barrier, she “literally had to speak through love and through actions.”
Ever humble, Elumba—who plans to pursue missionary work and medical school—credits Northeastern for her success. “Service learning classes and athletics played a huge role in my community involvement,” she says. “Along with experiential learning and co-op, I feel well-rounded and prepared to go into the world.”