On Feb. 1, 10 members of the Liberty Flames football team took time out of their schedules to participate in a local elementary school's "Football Friday" event.
"It was so much fun to see the football players really invest their time into this event and themselves into lives of the children for a day," commented Morgaine Godwin, the Student-Athlete Development Coordinator for Academic Affairs for Athletics, who helped organize the event. "It's great to see these big, strong guys become like giant teddy bears and just have fun with the kids."
The players, including Kevin Fogg, Malcolm Boyd and Cory Freeman, spent time with seven students in the school's special needs class. The student-athletes took time reading books and putting together arts and crafts with the children. The players then put the meaning in "Football Friday" by running football drills with the students and teaching them more about the sport.
The "Football Friday" event was just another example of the extensive involvement that Liberty student-athletes have shown in the local community.
"With our student-athletes living in the Lynchburg community for four years, we feel that is important for them to get involved in whatever way they can and help have a positive impact on the community," stated Godwin. "I'm always encouraged to see the desire of our student-athletes to help others."
The Academic Affairs for Athletics office along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C) have several events planned for the upcoming weeks, including The Hill City Polar Plunge on Saturday and a Winter Luau at Payne Elementary School on Feb. 19.
On March 1, S.A.A.C will be holding a fundraising dodgeball tournament at the Thomas Indoor Soccer Center. Sign-ups for the event are currently under way.
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