COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson College student-athletes took a brief timeout on Wednesday from classes, practices and competitions to embrace the community that surrounds and supports Blue Raider athletics throughout the year.
The Lindsey Wilson athletic programs joined the rest of the student body for a day of service in their host community.
"It's a huge day for our campus and just to get our students involved with our community, to go out and support a community that is very supportive of what we do here and that goes along with our student-athletes as well." Lindsey Wilson College athletics director Willis Pooler said. "This is another opportunity for our student-athletes to give back and I think they embrace it. Our coaches do a good job of getting the projects set up and it's just another opportunity for our athletes to say thanks to a community that supports them so well."
Members of the men's and women's tennis teams, wrestling, football, women's soccer, track and field, bowling, cycling and golf teams were part of a massive clean-up operation throughout the streets of Columbia while the men's and women's swim teams helped clean and fix up the Dunbar Cemetery.
The volleyball, dance, men's basketball and cheerleading teams visited local nursing homes and adult daycare facilities. The baseball and softball teams set out on improving and renovating the Adair High School softball field and Adair County Little League Park.
Lindsey Wilson volleyball coach Andy Cavins led his team to the Ole Home Place Adult Daycare, a place where they can see some friendly faces.
"It's a great experience for our girls to give back to the local community," Cavins said. "As we've gone the last three years, it's cool to see the excitement of those people, seeing our girls and the familiar faces, and building those relationships is something that we really look forward to."
Lindsey Wilson women's soccer coach Drew Burwash also saw some appreciation for his team's efforts during the day.
"It was a great opportunity for the women's soccer program to give a little back to the community," Burwash said. "Just a day to say thanks and do what we can to help out a little bit. One of the neat things I experienced this morning was while we were cleaning up garbage around the square, 5 or 6 cars stopped and said 'Hey thank you guys for helping out,' not that you look for that, but it was pretty rewarding."