NASHVILLE --- Members of the Tennessee State University women’s track and field, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams joined forces with other TSU students to serve the community on MLK Service Day.
The campus-wide service day, was originally postponed in January due to inclement weather and was rescheduled for Friday, April 1.
TSU Athletics Academic Advisor Jeremy Perry worked the registration table for today’s event and supervised the group at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
“Today's MLK Service Project was an opportunity for TSU to really get hands on with the community," Perry said. "Kids from the student body were able to go into several entities of Nashville to fulfill our obligation to serve. I think it really connects with the overall mission of Tennessee State University and makes our mark in the community.”
The student-athletes reported to Kean Hall before being assigned to a volunteer site in the surrounding area. The teams were dispersed to various volunteer locations such as the Temple Church Day Care, Grace M. Eaton Child Care Center, Jump Jefferson Street, Edgehill Bike Club, Nashville Food Project, Second Harvest Food Bank, Goodwill and the American Red Cross.
“Today was a good day,” commented women’s track and field’s Hannah Alsup. “We went to the second harvest food bank to help sort and package food that was to be shipped out to other shelters to feed the homeless and others in need. Service projects like these are important because they bring us back to reality and remind us that everyone is not as well off as we are. It’s a great experience to be able to give back to the community.”
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, a national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. It is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.