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Tiger football players read to Campbellsville area students

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Hunter Smith reads to a group of elementary students.

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Members of the Campbellsville University football team visited each of the local elementary schools over the last three weeks of the 2012 season, launching a string of service opportunities to give back to the community.

Team members traveled to nearby Kentucky Christian Academy Oct. 16 to read books, share stories, and give testimonies to the second and third-grade students there. Two days later, they did the same at Taylor County Elementary School. And then the next week, on Nov. 7, they further continued their service at Campbellsville Elementary School.
According to offensive line coach Brandon McCray, the service was a truly rewarding experience.

“It went well,” McCray said. “Our guys enjoyed it. Kids’ faces lit up when they all walked in in their football jerseys … They looked at them like they were NFL stars.”

Senior offensive lineman Chris Brown of Pelham, Ala., and sophomore tight end Hunter Smithof Munfordville, Ky., were two of the players that served at the schools. Brown was pleased with the personal interactions he was able to make with the kids.

“It gives me a sense of accomplishment,” he said. “It shows that people do really look up to us.”

Smith is hoping to get even more involved in this service in the future.

“Everyone gains from this experience,” Smith said. “We’re not just football players; we are examples to those kids. And that helps us carry ourselves in a different way.”

Coach McCray’s goal is to continue the stream of community service by doing an event at least twice a semester, on and off-season. The next project they plan on getting involved with is helping the Salvation Army this Christmas season, beginning Monday, Nov. 26.

And as for future service, “Hopefully every member of the team will get an opportunity to do these projects,” said Smith.

The Campbellsville University football team, which was named the 2010 NAIA Champion of Character Team, will continue to impact its community one step at a time.

 

by Mallory Vest

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