COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College student-athletes took a brief timeout on Wednesday from classes, practices and competitions to embrace the Columbia-Adair County community that supports Blue Raider athletics throughout the year.
In cooperation with the school's annual Malvina Farkle Day -- which is named after a mythical college student and employee who was dedicated to community service and good times -- student-athletes from LWC's 36 athletic programs joined the rest of the student body to blanket the area in service of their host community.
"I'm proud of the role our coaches and student-athletes play in helping Malvina Farkle Day be a success each year," Lindsey Wilson College athletics director Willis Pooler said. "Participation in community service is a big part of the Champions of Character initiative on our campus. Through this initiative, our student-athletes can make a difference in our community while discovering the values that are important in molding them into the people they want to be."
Despite a dreary, rainy morning, spirits were high as student-athletes departed to a variety of projects.
Members of the cycling, men's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, dance and women's soccer teams were part of a clean-up through the streets of Columbia.
The football, women's basketball, cross country and track & field teams tackled the highways and parks in Adair County, while the swimming team provided clean-up on campus.
The Blue Raider baseball and volleyball teams visited nursing homes and adult daycare facilities. The cheerleading and wrestling teams visited local schools and the bowling team helped at a local church's family life center.
"Today is a special day for our department and the entire Lindsey Wilson College campus," LWC Champions of Character Representative Abe Cross said. "Our student-athletes demonstrated selfless acts by engaging our community through service. Today, we are all winners."
On the day after guiding his team to a win, Lindsey Wilson volleyball coach Andy Cavins led his team to the Ole Homeplace Adult Daycare.
"It was a terrific experience for all of us," Cavins said. "You could really see it on everyone's face how much it meant to them that we took the time out of our day to visit. A simple gesture of fixing someone's hair for photo day or interacting with them meant so much."