RALEIGH, N.C. - The Meredith College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the Fourth Annual Service Day February 23, 2015. Led by senior soccer player and organization President Megan Amanatides, nearly 100 Avenging Angel student-athletes collaborated on a series of service projects to benefit several local and national organizations.
Assistant Soccer Coach Ashley Riggs jumpstarted the event with a personal testimony of inspiration to the group. A Meredith soccer coach since 2008, Riggs is a cancer survivor and currently battling a second round. Her strength and courage has already inspired her soccer players, and she used her experience to reach the other Angels and staff in attendance.
Motivated by Riggs' presentation, student-athletes wrote positive and encouraging notes to troops serving in the United States Armed Forces through the A Million Thanks organization. Handmade cards were also created for children and will be distributed through Cards for Hospitalized Kids.
Next, the student-athletes gathered into groups for three more service projects. Groups painted canvases, which will be donated to The Oaks at Mayview retirement home here in Raleigh, North Carolina. Angels designed motivational signs to be used by spirit groups supporting the Rock-N-Roll Marathon scheduled to highlight the Meredith campus next month.
Student-athletes used toilet paper rolls to make dog treats for the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Each participant also donated a gently used or new tee shirt for a gift to the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
The creativity and thoughtfulness SAAC incorporates into this annual evening of service has helped the Meredith Avenging Angels reach out to a variety of organizations and projects. SAAC also uses the evening as a fun and collaborative event for Meredith athletes to get to know one another, which strengthens their combined support for each of the college's seven varsity teams.