Players of the competitive volleyball gathered Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free car wash service project June 15.
“We want to help the students understand they have more involvement than just playing sports,” said Kevin Redd, an Activities advisor in the competitive sports department. “They should be involved in something more important.”
Redd said that the competitive sports program gets most of its ideas from the service program in the Activities office.
The directors and faculty ask if there are any projects that the service program needs help with, and then they sply the willing bodies.
“It was slow at first, but once people saw what was happening, it picked ,” said Taylor Lynch, a junior studying exercise physiology.
Once proposed at a coaches meeting, the coaches took a vote and decided to do a car wash.
“We wanted to give back to the community, but we also wanted to let everyone meet each other and become friends,” Lynch said. “Competition is more fun that way.”
Lynch said that he wanted to do a service project with the volleyball players because this was the first semester that the competitive sports program had no service activity planned.
The competitive sports program also came together in a service project to make blankets for the police department Fall Semester 2012.
Hundreds of athletes gathered to make and donate about 30 fleece blankets.
“It’s a time that competitive sports participants can forget about wins and losses for a little bit to focus on something better,” Redd said.