Atlantic Sun Women’s Hoops is about more than a game. Around the league teams have put an effort out to help the community, while balancing practices, games and school work.
FGCU started giving back to the community during the off season as the squad spent time volunteering at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The team volunteered as part of the “Fill Our Fleet to Feed the Hungry” initiative that encouraged local shoppers to load donations onto LeeTran buses parked in 34 Publix parking lots on Sunday. After loading, the buses went to the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fowler Street location where the team joined more than 100 other volunteers in unloading the donations. With the help of the team, the packed buses were unloaded in just a few hours.
The Mercer women’s basketball team participated in the Be a Good NeighBEAR service event before the season kicked off. The event involved several groups who participated in five different neighborhood cleanups across the city with local neighborhood associations.
Next, North Florida started the season of giving as the team volunteered at Halloween Doors & More which I a program that allows children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families to enjoy Halloween festivities. To date, the event has raised more than $2.8 million for the Community PedsCare program. The Ospreys escorted children through the different themed rooms that allowed children to get their faces painted, hair done and receive candy and gifts.
ETSU brought helping hands into the community during Thanksgiving in multiple facets.
The Buccaneers started the giving season as the team volunteered their time to mentor youth from Andrew Johnson Elementary. Later that day several Bucs donated their time to bag groceries for the United Way at Food City near ETSU’s campus.
“Thanksgiving week is the perfect time for our team to give back to the Johnson City community,” said first-year ETSU head coach Brittney Ezell. “We, as a program, have a multitude of things to be thankful for and what better ways to express our gratitude than to have our players serve others.”
Kennesaw State got into the holiday giving spirit as the Owl’s women’s basketball team partnered with the
MUST Ministries Toy Shop in helping local families shop for Christmas gifts at the toy shop. The toy shop consisted of gifts and goods that were donated in order to help families in need.
Jacksonville will look to assist with the Christian Laettner Second Harvest Clinic for Kids on December 28th. During the clinic the children of the Riverside Presbyterian Youth Basketball League, which consists of more than 80 girl’s and boy’s teams, will receive instruction from former NBA player Christian Laettner and the Dolphins who will lend their hands with the free camp and also facilitate a food bank collection for Second Harvest.
"Our program prides itself on serving the community,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee- McCuin. “Every month, we have participated in at least one community service event and this month’s is special because it is Christmastime. This is when people need others the most for various reasons and we plan to do whatever we can to bring warmth during special this time of the year. "