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Union Athletes Help Kids have a Night to Remember

JACKSON, Tenn. - 12/13/2007 - The Union University athletic teams joined with other groups and individual across the Union campus to help several children have a special night. Each Christmas, Union University teams up with the Carl Perkins Center for Child Abuse to give children a night of fun, food, and gifts.

Junior volleyball player, Lindsey Wallach says of the event, "Being a part of this activity was such a refreshing experience. The joy and laughter that the gifts brought to the girl we sponsored was priceless.” Wallach adds, “The screams of excitement and smiles of happiness reminded me of what this season is about: giving because God gave His son for us."

The evening began with each child being introduced to their sponsor group for the night. Next, the students and their child enjoyed a meal together. Then the focus shifted to Union’s auxiliary gym where the children were met with many surprises. The children opened their gifts from their new friends at Union, followed by games, crafts, and photos with Santa.

Union Lady Bulldog basketball player Merideth Richardson Jacobs stated, “Getting to spend time with our child was so much fun for our team. We got to experience a huge day of giving.” Jacobs continued by saying, “Our child was so excited to receive her gifts, but it seemed as though she enjoyed time spent with the girls just as much.”

Union and the Carl Perkins Center, located in Jackson, have worked together for almost 20 years to make this event a special night for all involved. In all, 37 children attended this year’s event on Union’s campus.

Ralph Turner, the head coach of the Union men’s basketball team added, “It was a great opportunity to see our kids spend time and effort to really make a difference in a child’s life. From the meal, to the gifts, to watching our players try to put batteries in the new toys, it was amazing to see the joy that this special evening brought to these children.”


Steven Aldridge
Phone: (731) 661-5027
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