Charlotte, NC – The Athletic Department of Johnson & Wales University strives to be an active member of the Charlotte community. This past Friday, Sept. 29, the Wildcats put it into action.
A planned "All Athlete Day" did not just function as a welcome back to the student-athletes of JWU, it also served the community at large. Student athletes from every team went to the main warehouse for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to assist in the receipt, sorting, and distribution preparation of donated goods.
"We strive to give our athletes an extraordinary experience at JWU CLT. We feel strongly that giving back to our community is an important part of that process," remarked Athletic Director Trudi Lacey. "I am pleased that our athletes willingly donated their time to serve the Charlotte community and the victims of Hurricane Florence by volunteering at Second Harvest."
SHFBM was established in 1981 and serves 19 counties in North Carolina (14) and South Carolina (5). Their website states that their mission "is to feed hungry people by soliciting and distributing food and household items through partner agencies. Second Harvest works to educate people in the community about the nature of and solutions to the problem of hunger."
From the JWU Student Athletes:
Jada Morgan, Women's Basketball, "Volunteering at the food bank helped us realize how much of a positive impact this company has on the community. It made us feel great to have the opportunity to be a part of something like this."
Lana Truese, Women's Soccer, "I enjoyed volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank with the entire Athletic Department. It is always a warm welcome! I like seeing how the athletes from different teams are quick to work together to impact something bigger than ourselves. We work efficiently while still having a fun time. It is truly something great to be a part of to help our local community. I look forward to the next opportunity we have to serve again."
Chris Greer, Men's Basketball, "Volunteering at the Second Harvest was a great opportunity for myself and my fellow teammates to help organize food and medicine so that people in need do not get any expired food or medicine. Knowing that my teammates and I helped out with this process brought satisfaction to us. We were delighted to have the opportunity to Volunteer at Second Harvest."
Christian Garcia, Men's Soccer, "It was an honor to provide help for the food bank. It is heartwarming knowing that you're giving back to the community and growing as a team by lifting others."
Halle Franklin, Volleyball, "Being part of JWU Volleyball and having the experience of going three times to Second Harvest Food Bank this Fall, doing my part to help a much bigger cause in our Charlotte community is so rewarding. I think it's easy to take what we have for granted, and going to the food bank to volunteer really puts in perspective how much food and household items will be sent out to help those who don't have what we obtain on a daily basis."