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Liberty Student-Athletes Volunteer at Amazing Mile and Virginia 10-Miler
Liberty student-athletes are accustomed to hearing the cheers of fans as they compete on the court/field. This past weekend the roles were reversed, as numerous Flames' student-athletes voiced their encouragement and support to participants of the Amazing Mile children's run and the Virginia 10-Miler.
On Friday, Sept. 27 at the children's run, the Lady Flames basketball team and the Liberty cheerleading squad lined "Spirit Alley" and encouraged the young runners as they pushed toward the finish line.
A special moment transpired as a young girl named Sophie neared the end of the race. Sophie, who suffers from spina bifida, was spontaneously joined by the women's basketball team on the course. The team ran alongside Sophie, cheering and spurring her on to the finish.
The following morning dozens of student-athletes arose bright and early to lend their support to runners of the Virginia 10-Miler and 4-Miler races. Members of the women's lacrosse, men's tennis, volleyball, track & field and football teams provided an extra boost of energy as runners navigated the challenging road course.
"It was neat to see our student-athletes giving back to the community and cheering on the people who come out and support and watch them compete," commented Liberty Athletics Student-Athlete Development Coordinator Morgaine Godwin. "They were all very eager to jump in and help out wherever they were needed."
In addition to the numerous student-athletes who volunteered on Saturday, several members of the Liberty athletics staff participated in both the 10 mile and 4 mile races. New lacrosse coaches Kelly Nangle and Annie McGinley conquered the course as did men's basketball director of operations Matt Olinger. Also completing the race were Paul Carmany, Joe Carmany and Dwayne Groff of the athletics communications office, women's basketball administrative assistant Katie Garlick, athletic trainer Erin Moore and NCAA faculty athletics representative Dr. Bill Gribbin.