Members of the Liberty men's basketball team and swimming & diving team volunteered their time at the Amazing Mile Kids Fun Run in downtown Lynchburg on Sept. 22.
Liberty student-athletes pitched in with both their resources and time in order to serve the Lynchburg community, as well as those in Texas and Florida affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, during the month of September.
Liberty student-athletes raised nearly $7,000 for the Dollar Makes a Difference (DMAD) Campaign. Student-athletes then used the money to purchase and deliver supplies to area schools from Sept. 12-15.
Senior lacrosse player Lindsey McNamara, along with many other student-athletes, aided in the DMAD distribution efforts for Liberty Athletics.
"Being able to deliver the school supplies to these elementary schools was so rewarding because the children were so grateful. We are called to be servants and light in this world, and I think being able to do all of this for these schools is a great way for us to go out and show the love of God," McNamara stated.
Following the major hurricanes in both Texas and Florida, Liberty Academic Affairs for Athletics, along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.), organized a hurricane relief week in partnership with God's Pit Crew (GPC), a response team based in Danville, Va. that drives truckloads of relief supplies and volunteers to help clean up and provide relief to those in shelters during times of crisis.
Liberty student-athletes collected the essential everyday items God's Pit Crew uses to fill their five-gallon blessing buckets and filled three cars/trucks with supplies to take to GPC. GPC also partnered with Liberty last year for a flood relief week after the flooding in West Virginia.
In addition to hurricane relief week, student-athletes also partook in Chocolate Bingo at Runk & Pratt on both Sept. 6 and 20. The Liberty women's lacrosse and volleyball teams facilitated Bingo and spent time talking with the residents.
On Sept. 16, Liberty men's basketball assisted at Food for Families Day at Park View Community Mission.
"At Liberty, we are given so many tools and assets to help us succeed on and off our respective fields. Along with those tools is the opportunity to connect with the community and represent Liberty at the same time," said junior Flames men's basketball player Ryan Hiepler. "It is important to not only receive but also give back so that we can make an impact in the community and share the love of Christ at the same time. To whom much is given, much is required.
On Sept. 22, the Liberty swimming & diving, men's basketball, volleyball and cheerleading squads all volunteered at the Amazing Mile Kids Fun Run at Amazement Square in downtown Lynchburg. The teams greeted kids as they checked in and served as guides throughout the entire race. The student-athletes also cheered and encouraged participants, and helped them get to the finish line.
The following day (Sept. 23), Liberty women's lacrosse volunteered at the Virginia 10 Miler, providing encouragement and support to runners.
For the month of October, Liberty Flames student-athletes will be involved in a myriad of community service, activities, including: • Chocolate Bingo at Runk & Pratt (Oct. 11 & 25) • Fifth Annual Spooktacular Kids Carnival (Oct. 14) • Pirate Night at Payne Elementary School (Oct. 19) • Bedford Hills Fall Carnival (Oct. 21) • Thank-A-Thon (Oct. 25) • Trick or Treating at Runk & Pratt (Oct. 27) • Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat (Oct. 31)
Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, Liberty student-athletes will serve the Lynchburg community and surrounding area under the initiative of #FlamesGiveBack. Last year, Liberty student-athletes logged more than 13,000 hours of community service.
Follow Liberty's student-athlete community service efforts throughout the 2017-18 academic year by using the hashtags #FlamesGiveBack and #PayitForward
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