JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/25/2008 - Several Union University sports teams participated in the sixth annual Campus and Community day on Wednesday, November 5. Other athletes joined the work individually with other groups on campus to contribute to the many community and campus projects.
Campus and Community day is an opportunity for Union to show its appreciation to the community for its assistance after tornadoes hit the campus Nov. 10, 2002, and Feb. 5, 2008.
Following the storms the Jackson community stepped in and brought food and supplies to the campus, while local residents gave of their time and talents. Many local residents opened their homes to students displaced by the storms.
Union cancels most classes on this day each year to allow the university community to participate in projects at such places as local schools, nursing homes and social organizations.
"It's a way to be able to get out and give back in a way that God wants us to," said Emily Davis, a junior sports information student assistant from Hendersonville, Tenn. "We don't always have the opportunity when we're busy with classes and other things. I think it's a good way to serve our community and say thanks for all the help that they've given."
Davis and her team spent the day at Tigrett Middle School in Jackson, painting the front doors and the school's sign.
The men's soccer and the men's basketball teams helped pick up trash and do landscaping work around the campus.
The women's soccer team spent the day at Youth Town in Pinson, Tenn. where they painted and cleaned gutters around the grounds.
Union's women's basketball team went to Pope Elementary to read to the students. Each player had the opportunity to go to a classroom and read and interact with the students.
The athletic training staff spent time at a local high school doing such things at painting and landscaping.
Athletes from some of the teams, joined forces with other student groups as they participated in many different projects during the day.
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