Track and Field, Cross Country Help Feed the Hungry
On Sept. 24, the cross country team spent the morning volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank, helping to feed Springfield’s hungry citizens.
Almost 20 members of the team were there. The runners were split into two teams. The first team focused on labeling packages of bread and listing the ingredients in the food product for the hungry.
The second group sorted donated goods into different food categories from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They sorted roughly 10 pounds of breakfast food and 20 pounds of snack foods into boxes.
Then, on Oct. 1, the track team also joined in on the volunteer efforts.
The track team was involved in an assembly line of packaging, and put together boxes of food to give to the hungry.
“It was fantastic,” Clay Waidelich, ‘20, said. “It felt good to help out the community while bonding with the team.”
Tyra Jackson, who is in charge of Second Harvest Food Bank, excitedly walked around, shouting out how many boxes the 25 student-athletes had put together. By the end of the day, the team had compiled nearly 500 boxes of food.
“Great job to everyone who helped at Second Harvet this morning breaking records,” coach Paris Hilliard posted in the team’s GroupMe chat.
“I believe in service and helping others. It’s a priority that [sic] to assist our student-athletes [so that they] understand and value the importance of service.”