The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics department took part in the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack in Chattanooga today. Nearly 200 student-athletes, coaches and staff spent the afternoon assembling, packing and boxing meals to feed hungry children all over the world.
Feed My Starving Children MobilePack events allow people across the United States to pack life-giving meals. Chattanooga's event took place from Jan. 16-20 and was expected to pack over 1.5 million meals.
"Our student-athletes are always getting involved with community service projects, but most of them are done on a team-by-team basis," stated UTC Interim Director of Athletics Laura Herron. "This was a unique opportunity for them to work together as a department on a community-wide project."
Members of the Mocs cross country and track & field, football, soccer, women's golf, volleyball and women's tennis teams, along with coaches and administrators, packed thousands of meals in their session today.
Volunteers went through a quick tutorial on how to assemble the meals before donning their stylish hairnets and getting to work. Staff members kept the afternoon festive with music and contests for teams who packed the most meals.
"We are having a great time," stated Chris Mayes, a member of the Mocs football team. "We do a lot of community service, but events like these are so much fun that it doesn't seem like work. It also makes you feel good to know that you are doing something that will impact the lives of many, many people."
For more information on the Feed My Starving Children campaign, visit www.fmsc.org. Be sure to check out the accompanying photo gallery and look for additional video on Monday.