Liberty student-athletes spent countless hours serving the community in a variety of ways during the month of October.
"Life is all about relationships and influence. When we give to and participate in community service, we are reminder that we are called to one another," said Liberty baseball player Zach Clinton. "The Scriptures are very clear about how God wants to work in and through us to influence others for him. The emphasis that the university places on this is and will always be significant."
Clinton and his Flames baseball teammates, along with several other Liberty athletics teams (softball, women's tennis, men's basketball, women's soccer, women's lacrosse and track & field) helped set up and served at the fifth annual Spooktacular Kids Carnival on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 14) at Liberty. Approximately 700 kids and their parents attended the carnival.
Liberty athletics teams also participated in Chocolate Bingo at Runk & Pratt Senior Living Communities (Oct. 11 & 25) twice during the month of October. The Liberty men's basketball, swimming & diving, women's tennis and track & field teams took part in Pirate Night at Payne Elementary School on Oct. 19, while the track & field and women's soccer teams served at the Bedford Hills Elementary School Fall Carnival on Oct. 21.
On Oct. 25, the Lady Flames swimming & diving team also partook in a Thank-A-thon event. Student-athletes made calls to Flames Club members, thanking them for their support. The Flames Club's mission is to generate financial resources to support the three-fold Liberty athletics mission of training champions for Christ, providing a world-class student-athlete experience and achieving victory with integrity.
Liberty student-athletes gave of their time on Halloween (Oct. 31) by hosting a Halloween party at Runk & Pratt.
Finally, all Liberty athletics teams handed out flyers for Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat, a canned food drive that concluded on Nov. 1. Student-athletes from all teams collected canned goods from the community. The canned foods will be distributed to Lynchburg Daily Bread, Park View Community Mission, Bedford Christian Ministries and Liberty University Public Health.
Liberty Athletics has partnered with Liberty University Public Health to ensure that all children in Lynchburg and Campbell County schools are receiving at least a meal a day.
In November, Liberty Flames student-athletes will be involved in more community service activities, including: • CASA Superhero Fun Run (Nov. 4) • Chocolate Bingo at Runk & Pratt (Nov. 8 & Nov. 29) • Thank-A-Thon (Nov. 15)
Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, Liberty student-athletes will serve the Lynchburg community and surrounding area under the initiative of #FlamesGiveBack. During the 2016-17 school 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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