Service with a Smile
Between practices, games, studying and weight training, free time is a valuable commodity among student-athletes. But Xavier’s student-athletes commit to at least one service project each semester, ranging from Habitat for Humanity to delivering Thanksgiving meals. This winter, members of the cross country and swim teams got together and helped out at Winton Hills Academy, a local public grade school.
The plan was to have the student-athletes talk about their experiences and what the students can do now to give themselves the opportunity to go to college and possibly play sports. And they did. But the student-athletes also showed up during a “Fun Friday” at the school. That meant they spent much of their time doing what comes naturally for them—playing games with the students. All in the name
of service, of course.