Eagles Take Time to Serve at Southland Church for 'Hope for Haiti'
LEXINGTON, Ky. - When it comes to the preseason, there are generally only a few things on the players' and coaches minds as they prepare for the season right around the corner.
Coaches are running their players through rigorous conditioning tests, putting in the correct schemes, practicing those hard and doing community service.
Wait... community service? That's right: community service.
Examples of this are Asbury's swimming and women's basketball teams, and the Eagles' cheerleading squad, who all put their preseason regiments on hold to take a minute to serve those in need.
"I just had a blast watching my swimmers serve other people and to see the smiles on their faces while they are doing it," head swim coach Alex Keyser said. "We get to forget about swimming for a little bit.
"It's easy to get caught up during the season, especially the beginning, and forget there are things a whole lot bigger than ourselves that we are trying to accomplish," Keyser added.
Each of the team's traveled to nearby Southland Christian Church this week to participate in the Hope for Haiti campaign. It's a campaign Asbury teams have served in previous years, as well.
Hope for Haiti is a meal-packing initiative for Southland Church that involves gathering around tables and using a funnel to fill bags with rice, soy, dried vegetables and vitamins. The bags are then weighed to make sure they contain a specified weight for uniform distribution and sealed to give the food a three-year shelf life. Finally, sealed bags are boxed, placed on pallets, and then loaded onto a truck or container for their final voyage overseas.
Southland's goal? 1.4 million meals packed over their three campuses.
"When we were packing our boxes the other night," cheerleading coach Bonnie Temple recalled, "we hit the one million meal mark about halfway through our session. It is was pretty amazing."
The team's are back at it, prepping for their upcoming seasons. The swim teams gets things started here in Wilmore on October 12 with a tri-meet against University of Indianapolis and Bellarmine University. The basketball team opens their schedule November 1st on the road in Circleville, Ohio.