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Athletics School Supply Drive Once Again a Success

September 20, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Niklas Lindstrom (golf) and Tristan Stayt (tennis) both were a part of the recent "A Dollar Makes a Difference Campaign"

Liberty student-athletes strive for excellence both on the field and in the classroom but their focus extends beyond campus. This was evident in the recently completed 2nd annual "A Dollar Makes A Difference Campaign."

Student-athletes from each of Liberty's 20 programs as well as members of the Athletics Department contributed $3,200 to help purchase school supplies for six different Lynchburg City schools. The Academic Affairs for Athletics office once again spearheaded this year's campaign, which topped its goal of $3,000. This year's total also surpasses last year's amount of $2,700.

Liberty's cheerleading squad led the way by raising over $800, and the lacrosse team finished a close second with over $700 raised.

The school supplies, which include children's books and over 200 notebooks, will be presented to each of the six schools during the upcoming week.

"Our student-athletes were very creative this year by going to events such as the Chancellor's Cookout, convocation and the men's soccer game against N.C. State seeking donations," mentioned the department's Life Skills Coordinator, Morgaine Godwin. "This campaign represents a great start to our year."

The campaign was originally the brainchild of Associate Athletics Director for Academics Kristie Beitz and former Flames football player Asa Chapman. It represents Beitz's continual belief in the concept of "pay it forward," which she describes as the fact that at some point, we all need support of others, and you have to begin by setting an example and helping others when you can.

"Liberty University student-athletes, with the support of the Student-Athlete Development Program, continue to amaze me with their desire to serve others," commented Beitz. "The ‘Dollar Makes a Difference' campaign was a huge success and we are truly making a difference in the lives of others ‘paying it forward.'  This year, we were able to not only assist Lynchburg City Schools, but also branch out to Brookneal Elementary School in Campbell County."

The Academic Affairs for Athletics office is also in the midst of the "Scrub-a-Dub" campaign which collects unused toiletries which are then placed in blessing bags and donated to the Lynchburg Daily Bread.

"It's exciting to see what Liberty student-athletes are called to do, and when it comes to doing something for others they are willing to step up and get it done," commented Godwin.