Athletic department extends helping hand to community

 More than 200 student athletes and staff participated in the inaugural event All Athletics Day of Service.

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

Between classes, homework, practice and weight lifting,  Lewis student-athletes find time to give back to the community that is constantly supporting them.

Athletes and staff from all sports teams on campus participated in the All Athletics Day of Service Feb. 20.

The athletes and staff partnered with the Harvest Bible Church in Joliet and the Northern Illinois Food Bank to work on turning the site into a new food bank that will help provide over a million meals to local families in need. This will be the fourth site the Northern Illinois Food Bank has opened in the Chicagoland area.

Lewis’ Student Athletic Advisory Committee put together this event so that the athletes could spend time off campus, getting involved. Community involvement is an important part of the SAAC program.

“We wanted to bring the entire athletic department together to work toward bettering the local community,” SAAC President Nicole Yuede said.

“We felt it was important to give back, and we hoped that having our entire department would make an impact on those around us.”

Various projects were apart of the event, such as painting, breaking down old appliances and general cleaning. Although the event only lasted four hours, the athletic department helped to accomplish two months worth of projects.

The All Athletics Day of Service will now be held annually to better the community and help our athletic department get involved in the areas surrounding Lewis.

Joyce Balash
Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.

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