By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Nicole Nardone wrapped up her college career as a standout field hockey player at Widener University in the fall, but her legacy at the school goes way beyond the field.

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You would be hard pressed to find anyone, let alone a college student, who has more impact on the community around her than Widener’s Nicole Nardone.

In addition to a heavy class load and the rigors of college athletics, Nardone has spent hundreds of hours donating time to causes ranging from the Special Olympics to the Presidential Service Corps. So why do it?

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“[The skills] you were given, you should use to help others in any way that you can. So that’s something that I’ve really taken to heart and I’ve always tried to apply whenever I can. So when I have that ability to go, and whether it’s coaching a team that wouldn’t have somebody to teach them or if it’s giving my time at a food pantry when I could, that’s something I would always be willing to do when I know that person would really benefit from it,” says Nardone.

And Nardone is going for her graduate degree in physical therapy and she is helping out at a Chester Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic.

Listen to Matt Leon’s complete interview with Nicole Nardone:

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