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Mocs Give Back During National Volunteer Week
Mocs freshman Muhasibi Wakeel pins a ribbon on one of the winner at the Special Olympics on Saturday.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
Over three dozen student-athletes and coaches from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga took part in National Volunteer Week April 10-16.  The Mocs were seen throughout town helping clean up a city block, working the Special Olympics and conducting a clothing drive.  UTC Athletics also set up future events and appearances as a part of the week-long focus on volunteerism.

For more than two decades, National Volunteer Week has been led by the Points of Light Institute and the Hands On Network.  This year it was kicked off by a proclamation from President Barack Obama

"Part of the mission of UTC is to be an engaged, metropolitan University, and social excellence is one of the Athletics Department's strategic objectives," stated Director of Athletics Rick Hart.  "Our student-athletes, coaches and staff do an excellent job representing our university through community involvement.  Chattanooga is always supportive of Mocs athletics and this is one small way we are able to give back." 

Spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Mocs' clothing drive took place throughout the week.  Student-athletes coaches and administrators collected and donated various clothing items to local charities. 

Over 25 Mocs met at McKenzie Arena on Saturday, April 16, to take part in Chattanooga's Green Team Initiative.  The Green Team Initiative is conducted by the River City Company and seeks to improve Chattanooga's downtown by facilitating a volunteer-based clean-up to improve and sustain the downtown area as a clean and safe place to live, work and play. 

Members of the women's basketball, volleyball and soccer teams helped to clean up the one-block Houston-Vine-Lindsay-Fourth Street area.  The Mocs picked up visible trash along the sidewalks and reported other issues of sidewalk repair, potholes and brush overgrowth to the River City Company.  Be sure to check out the photo gallery below from Saturday's clean up.    

The Green Team Initiative takes place three times each year.  For more information on the Green Team Initiative or the River City Company, visit www.rivercitycompany.com.

The football team continued its annual tradition of working with the Special Olympics this weekend.  A number of the Mocs volunteered their time at the 43rd Annual Area 4 Lloyd Ray Smith Spring Games at the McCallie School on Saturday, April 16. 

The Mocs helped with the opening ceremonies, assisted with the events and pinned ribbons on the winning participants.  Flip through the photos below to see the Mocs in action at the Special Olympics. 

Other UTC teams took time this week to setup future volunteer opportunities.  The volleyball team has a planned visit to the Children's Hospital at Erlanger later this month.  Other student-athletes have also signed up to help Girl's Incorporated of Chattanooga paint several murals throughout the city.

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