While most people were probably sleeping-in this past Saturday morning, the men's and women's soccer teams at Berea College were up at 7:00 AM volunteering their valuable time to help with the Berea Police Department's "Foot Pursuit 10K Run." The event was held to benefit Supporting Heroes, a foundation which honors the service and sacrifices of those public safety servants who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Another function of the foundation is the assurance the loved ones they have left behind will have emergency funds to help take some of the burden away from their families as much as possible, so they can truly focus on the things that are more important: their family and their grief.
Eighteen Mountaineer players helped by donating four hours of service by helping with setup, cleanup and manning checkpoints along the race route to provide directions and water to participants. In addition, some players staffed the finish line and provided runners with fresh fruit and more water.
Saturday was not the first time this semester the soccer team has been involved in the community. The team has been participating in a weekly tutoring program with students at Shannon Johnson Elementary School and have one final service event scheduled with the Madison County Schools ESL/Migrant program to round out this school year's community service activities for both the men's and women's teams.
"I am super proud of our players for making time to give back to others in our community and for their continued commitment to their education and willingness to represent the soccer program and campus so well" head coach Ron Horn stated. "It's not easy to make it all work, but that's what being a student-athlete is all about."