RALEIGH, N.C. - The Meredith College basketball team extended a helping hand Friday, November 10, to Raleigh's Inter-Faith Food Shuttle BackPack Buddies program. The team, complete with coaches, student coach and team manager, spent the afternoon packing backpacks for distribution to local schools.
The program provides over 800 children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. Each backpack includes six kid-friendly meals and two snacks.
Senior captain Bryana Holmes said, "working at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle was an extremely rewarding experience. Having the chance to bond with teammates while serving the community is something that many teams don't get to do. The opportunity to give back to the community helped us realize how much we truly have as student-athletes."
The young squad includes six underclassmen new to Meredith basketball and new to this team tradition. "My experience at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle was very uplifting," said freshman Laquetta Hairston. "It felt good to help others, especially the children. We made an assembly line and everybody worked together because it was all for a good cause. It was a great team builder and I felt that it truly brought our team together."
The mission of Meredith College Athletics program is to provide student-athletes the opportunity to achieve excellence in their academic, athletic and personal pursuits. The Athletics program strives to enhance individual development by promoting four core values: integrity, discipline, respect, responsibility. The administration supports this mission in part by placing value on community service initiatives.