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CIAA Indoor Track Athletes Donate To The Homeless

Via – CIAA Communications

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – As part of an effort to continue community involvement, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) donated supplies to The Bethesda Center during the second day of the conference’s Indoor Track & Field Championships on Monday, February 16, 2015.

CIAA commissioner Jacqie McWilliams and several track & field student-athletes participating in the championship meet were on hand to give kitchenware and personal items to representatives of The Bethesda Center, the leading provider of shelter and services for homeless men and women in Forsyth County. It is the only day shelter in the community.

 Executive director Derwin Montgomery was thrilled to receive items from the CIAA. He hopes to collaborate with the conference on future projects.

The presentation was held as part of a campaign to help the homeless “B Strong 365” days a year. unnamed (2)

“This helps us to prepare the packages that we use for individuals as we transition them out of the shelter into permanent houses,” Montgomery said. “We want to start them off with the necessities they need so they won’t have to spend the limited resources they have on getting those items.”

The track & field student-athletes who took part in the presentation were Jonathan Gambrell of Livingstone College, Miles Green of The Lincoln (Pa.) University, Travis Henderson of Virginia State University, Cherrisse Lynch of Saint Augustine’s University, Trudy-Ann Richards of Johnson C. Smith University, Jasmine Ross of Winston-Salem State University, Jonathan White of Virginia Union University and Ayanna Tweedy of Bowie State University.
Commissioner McWilliams says the student-athletes represent the spirit of the CIAA.

“I am extremely thankful that our student-athletes understand that whatever we give makes a difference in the lives of others,” McWilliams said. “This demonstrates who we are collectively as a conference.”

Lynch, one of the student-athletes, was glad to be part of the community service presentation during the championship meet.

“To be able to give back has always been in our family,” Lynch said. “I believe that when you accomplish something you should always give back.”

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