The month of October featured the sixth annual Spooktacular Kids Carnival on the Saturday of Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 13).
Throughout the fall 2018 semester, Liberty University student-athletes served the community in numerous capacities.
Liberty student-athletes have embraced the concept of "pay it forward" by demonstrating love, caring for and serving the local community. Using the NCAA athletic platform, Flames and Lady Flames student-athletes impact the lives of individuals of all ages in both public and private sectors.
In September, Flames student-athletes participated in several initiatives, one of which the annual Dollar Makes A Difference Campaign. Collectively, student-athletes raised over $4,600, which was then used to purchase and deliver backpacks and needed school supplies to Lynchburg area schools.
The month of October featured the sixth annual Spooktacular Kids Carnival on the Saturday of Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 13), held in the parking lot of the Liberty softball stadium.
Throughout October, all Liberty Athletics teams collected canned food items for Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat. In total, student-athletes collected 2,933 cans. Those canned foods were distributed to Lynchburg Daily Bread, Park View Community Mission, Bedford Christian Ministries and Liberty University Public Health.
As student-athletes wrapped up the semester in November and early December, they continued to give of their time and resources. Two key events from those two months were the Share the Warmth Clothing Drive and the annual Volleyball-A-Thon event (Dec. 4) at the Schilling Center Gym, which raised $2,000 to be used for future community service initiatives.
Student-Athlete Testimonials "I think it is important for our student-athletes to give back to the Lynchburg community as a form of worship with our given platform. So many people in the Lynchburg community look up to and support us through our sports seasons, so being able to serve those people and give our time back to them to support their various needs is a blessing." -Senior Kaitlin McFarland, Liberty Softball Player and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) President
"I think it's extremely important to do community service, as it is an opportunity to show love to people and help the community. We have all been given amazing opportunities to be able to attend Liberty University, and the least we can do is give back to the community." -Freshman Josh Wilson, Liberty Men's Tennis Player
Liberty student-athletes will continue to serve the Lynchburg community and surrounding area under the initiative of #PayItForward and #FlamesGiveBack on social media during the spring 2019 semester. Check LibertyFlames.com at the beginning of each month to read a recap and see pictures from the previous month's community service events.