NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team spent last weekend doing two community service projects in the city.
The Lady Tigers volunteered at St. John AME Church's Community Day on Saturday. In addition to helping with set up, the players also passed out clothes and shoes that were donated for the needy. They also assisted with serving food and interacted with the community.
On Sunday, the team worked with Habitat for Humanity: Greater Nashville to help put the finishing touches on a newly built house for a local family.
“Community service was an awesome experience,” said senior guard I’mani Davis. “Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization that touches millions of lives. It really felt great being able to contribute to the well-being of other people. Not only did we help a family but I think it was a great bonding moment for my team. Community service is important because a lot of times we forget that there are people out there less fortunate than us. So when you give back, it means something to the people you are helping and it shows that you have compassion. Habitat for Humanity is something I think we, and even other teams on campus, should participate in every year.”
The Lady Tigers worked from 7 a.m. to noon outside and inside of the house. The team had the task of painting, cleaning the walls, wiping the windows down, sweeping the floors and picking up trash. The student-athletes also helped with the landscaping efforts by planting flowers.
Assistant coach Chelsia Lymon, who coordinates the community service outings, talked about the events and the importance of giving back.
“It was a great experience for me and we’re excited to have the opportunity to give back. We as a staff have tried to make it a priority of ours to get out in the community and volunteer. We had a chance to meet and work with the family that we were building the house for and it was such an uplifting day. It was definitely an eye opening experience for all of us. I think players really saw the bigger picture and saw that we were volunteering for a bigger purpose.”
The future owner of the residence shared his affinity for TSU and expressed his desire to attend as many women’s basketball games as possible this season.