SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 25, 2016) — Members of the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team made their annual trip to the San Antonio Food Bank last week. The team took part in warehouse sorting and packing.
The Saints will begin their season in the spring of 2017; They have several fall games on the schedule including the Spring Klein College Tournament in Houston on Oct. 8, against Frank Phillips College at home on Oct. 9, at Texas A&M University - Kingsville on Oct. 30 and an intrasquad scrimmage game on Nov. 5 at home.
Lauren Garza (JR/McAllen, Texas) commented, "Volunteering at the Food Bank was a great experience and knowing that we made an impact on those who rely on community resources gave us a sense of accomplishment. Being involved in community volunteer initiatives allows us to fulfill an important part of our roles in society."
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character program encourages its member teams to participate in community initiatives as part of its five core values: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
"Well, on our visit to the Food Bank, we packaged food for families this weekend," Cheyenne Carter said. "It was good for our team to come together since we are all still getting to know each other; we also got to meet other people in the community as well as helping those who are in need. It felt really good to know that we could be a part of something that is going to help put a smile on a family's face."
The Saints worked to gather, sort and pack produce, nonperishable foods and household items, preparing them for distribution. They also checked for expiration dates, opened packages and spoilage; labeled cans; and packed bags of food and household items. And, the team also cleaned the area and broke down boxes.
Lauren Guerra (JR/El Paso, Texas) believes volunteering at the Food Bank is special. "Because we help children's families who are suffering through hard times of poverty. We help them get the food on their plate that they need. One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as a team helped make a difference in other people's lives to end hunger in the U.S., especially here in San Antonio.
To learn more about volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank, click here.