The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team headed up to Nashville this week to help with the clean up from the recent flooding in the area. The Mocs donned the haz-mat suits and got down and dirty with a number of other volunteers in an effort to start rebuilding after the record-breaking floods.
UTC spent two days working with the volunteer organization, Hands on Nashville, helping clean up areas throughout the community. On Wednesday, they worked in a trailer park removing rotting trash and damaged items from the 30 or more homes.
"The first day was definitely a challenge," stated head coach Heath Eslinger. "It was pretty nasty. Four other groups tried to do but our guys were the only one who could go in there and not get sick."
"We removed old appliances and refrigerators that were full of food that had just been sitting there for three weeks with no electricity. When they heard that four other groups had tried and couldn't do it, it was almost like a challenge to the guys to get it done."
On Thursday, the team helped to haul off trash and debris from an apartment complex in Antioch. They also helped to strip the interior of a nearby home that was to be rebuilt.
"Our kids are back in town training and we believe this is part of training," added Eslinger. "It is a lot more than just lifting weights and wrestling it is about learning how to live your life. This was a good opportunity to be hands on and do that."
"I am proud of how our guys are learning how to tackle everyday stuff. It is one thing to work hard when you are getting a reward. It is another thing to work hard when someone else is getting the reward. It is a lot of fun helping people and I think our guys learned that over the last two days."
The group of 20+ representing the Mocs was made up of student-athletes, coaches, trainers and alumni. Be sure to check out the photo gallery at the top of the page and a link to a story on the Mocs from Nashville's WKRN TV.