DANVILLE, Ky. (via CentreColonels.com) - The holidays are a time for giving and members of the Centre Athletics community used the month of December to give back to the Danville community, pushing the total number of hours of service to over 1,000 for the 2016-17 season through the end of 2016, including over 300 hours logged during the holiday season.
The latest push began in November when 14 members of Centre's cross country teams took time out of preparing for their regional championships to participate in the Centre After School Program at the Kitty Baird Center.
As the calendar turned to December, the season for Salvation Army bell ringing began and on the first day of the month, Centre cross country and track and field student-athletes rang the bells for the Salvation Army from 10 AM to 8 PM.
The first week of December represented finals week at Centre College, but it was also one of the biggest service weeks of the year for Colonels in the Community. Partnering with the Boyle County school system, students representing 11 of Centre's 23 sports adopted families in the area and shopped for them. Centre student-athletes also used the morning of Dec. 5 to drop off gifts at various Boyle County schools.
During the same week, members of the Centre swimming & diving team initiated a service plunge at the Presbyterian Church in Danville, wrapping gifts, singing carols and preparing meals.
When the students went home for their holiday break, the community service initiative continued. Students who were still around on campus, representing Centre women's soccer, baseball, track, tennis and softball, resumed Salvation Army bell ringing on Dec. 16. They were joined by members of the Centre Athletics staff to put in a combined 13 hours of service for the Salvation Army on that day.
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