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#FlamesGiveBack October and Early November 2019 Recap

November 19, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The seventh annual Spooktacular Kids Carnival took place on Oct. 12 at the Liberty Softball Stadium.

The seventh annual Spooktacular Kids Carnival took place on Oct. 12 at the Liberty Softball Stadium.

Liberty student-athletes continued their outreach to the community during the month of October and November through several outreach events.

Student-athletes participated in the seventh annual Spooktacular Kids Carnival on Oct. 12 at the Liberty Softball Stadium. The annual carnival featured a wide variety of games, activities and treats, along with a chance for Liberty's student-athletes to interact with community children and their families.

Also during October, every Liberty athletics teams collected canned food items throughout the month for Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat. The teams collected a total of 3,174 cans, 241 more than in 2018 (2,933). The Liberty women's lacrosse team led the way in cans collected with 939, winning the Golden Pumpkin award for the most cans collected among Liberty athletics teams. After sorting, the canned goods were donated and distributed to the Lynchburg Daily Bread, Park View Community Mission and R.S. Payne Elementary School.

"It's not every day that we get the opportunity to be servants of God by reliving our childhood and dressing up in costumes and going trick or treating," said Liberty lacrosse redshirt senior Aubrie Tarris, who went door to door to collect cans. "It's just an amazing sight to see how God has blessed us with the opportunity to go out and collect thousands of canned goods to help meet the needs of the local community!"

The Liberty football, baseball, men's basketball, men's soccer and men's track and field teams took part in Donuts with Dads at Linkhorne Elementary School on Oct. 24 and 25. The student- athletes spent time and shared donuts with the kids of Linkhorne Elementary during the event.

In addition, the track & field and lacrosse teams were involved in Pirate Reading and Math Night at Payne Elementary on Oct. 24.

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.

During the 2018-19 academic year, Liberty's 550 Division I student-athletes provided over 11,200 hours of service through 118 community service events. Liberty student-athletes will continue to serve the Lynchburg community and surrounding area under the initiatives of #PayItForward and #FlamesGiveBack on social media throughout the 2019-20 academic year.