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Student-athletes break from the courts, fields to engage community

March 9, 2018 : Liberty University News Service

In the midst of their demanding training, competition, and academic schedules, Liberty University student-athletes still make it a priority to give back to the community.

Throughout the year, student-athletes from Liberty’s 20 NCAA Division I programs serve the Lynchburg community and surrounding area under the #FlamesGiveBack initiative. During the 2016-17 school year, they logged more than 13,000 hours of community service.

This week, Liberty student-athletes took part in the second annual Hop on Pop Reading Day at Yellow Branch Elementary School in Rustburg. Over 75 student-athletes, dressed in Dr. Seuss costumes, read to children, passed out popcorn, and played games. The group collected approximately 2,600 books to donate to the school.

Student-athletes will participate in more reading events at local schools this month, as well as a youth career fair and an Easter egg roll, where they will partner with Lynchburg Parks & Recreation to host a number of youth activities, including face painting and an Easter egg hunt, at Point of Honor.

During February, 20 student-athletes across five athletics programs participated in a family fun night at Bedford Hills Elementary School, five football players read books pertaining to Black History Month at Linkhorne Elementary School, and four student-athletes worked at a Habitat for Humanity build site. Members of the men’s basketball team spent a day with 6-year-old Knox Walker, whose leukemia is currently in remission, and welcomed the Walker family to a game.

Follow student-athlete outreach efforts on social media at #FlamesGiveBack.

Read about some of ways that student-athletes from Liberty’s Club Sports program are involved in ministry in the latest issue of the Liberty Journal.

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