Young Harris College Athletics Help Raise $3,000 for Towns County Food Pantry
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Departments of Athletics and their nearly 300 student-athletes helped raised $3,000 during their Food for Families campaign, Nov. 9, at the Ingles Markets located in Blairsville, Ga., and Hiawassee, Ga.
“Everyone did a great job Saturday,” said Director of Athletics Randy Dunn. “This was a great idea that will help so many in the community.”
All proceeds will go to the Towns County Food Panty for Towns County residents and Ninth District Opportunity, Union County Food Bank for Union County residents.
“It was a great success,” said Assistant Director of Athletics for Community Engagement Kathy Brown. “I’m proud of the energy and professionalism that the student-athletes displayed Saturday. It was a perfect day filled with loads of giving. I'm thankful to have such great student-athletes as a vessel to serve others!"
“The local food pantry is a great facility filled with awesome people,” added Brown. “I’m glad our athletes have been able to help the food pantry help others. We would also like to thank all the Ingles managers and employees for allowing us this opportunity.”
Student-athletes from the Mountain Lion baseball, women’s basketball, competitive cheerleading, men’s and women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis teams spent the day bagging groceries and collecting tips from Ingles customers during the drive.
“It was an incredible experience, people from around the community were excited to see student-athletes giving up their free time in order to give back to the community, and lend a helping hand,” said David Atwood, a senior baseball player from Waynesville, N.C. “It was an incredible experience for me, seeing just how many people were willing to give their money to donate to help someone in need."
It was a team effort, according to Atwood.
“The baseball players took on this task with a great attitude; from helping the elderly shop, taking carts to cars, bagging groceries, or to just standing in the cold to take donations, the entire team worked together to accomplish the goal of helping those in need,” said Atwood.
And this isn't just a one-time commitment for the food pantry by the Mountain Lions.
Members of the men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis teams have been helping during the fall semester to box and distribute food deliveries.
Young Harris College will also donate the ticket proceeds from its Peach Belt Conference-opening men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Flagler College at the YHC Basketball Arena, Dec. 14, to the food pantry. The Mountain Lions will present the Towns County Food Pantry the complete donation at their basketball doubleheader against Georgia Southwestern State University, Jan. 4.
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