Berry's Athletes Bettering the Community Holds Service Day

Berry's Athletes Bettering the Community Holds Service Day

Berry Student-Athletes Serve at 20 Locations Throughout Rome/Floyd County Friday

Nearly all of Berry College's 310 student-athletes went out into Rome and Floyd County Friday to serve in various community service capacities as part of Berry's Athletes Bettering the Community (ABC) organization's semi-annual service day.

Members of Berry's men's and women's intercollegiate athletics squads served at 20 different locations in the region Friday, fulfilling requests to work with elementary schools and in after-school programs, at retirement centers, in various shelters for the homeless or victims of abuse, at thrift stores that help fund specific charitable causes, and even at a museum and a cemetary.

ABC sponsors a service day each semester.

The organization has included almost every student-athlete that has attended Berry since ABC's inception in 2000.  It was founded and has continued to be run by Berry student-athletes since its beginning.

ABC is one example of Berry Athletics' desire to assist those in need.  There are several recent examples of Berry's student-athletes dedication to service.

For the past three years, Berry's men's and women's soccer teams have helped raise money for the Taylor Brooks Foundation, which raises money and awareness for childhood cancer.  Berry's lacrosse teams also joined the soccer teams in their support for the Taylor Brooks foundation in the lacrosse teams' inaugural season in 2011.

In addition, the men's lacrosse team last year raised money for supplies for a specific US military unit stationed in Afghanistan.  Last month, Berry's volleyball team sponsored a Dig Pink event to raise money for the Side-Out Foundation, which awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing compassionate support to breast cancer patients and their families.

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