Athletes Spend Free Time Volunteering During the Holidays

The News Magazine of HCU

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) welcomed many children from Carter’s Kids to Husky Stadium prior to the Thanksgiving break. Carter’s Kids is a non-profit organization that supports foster youth across the nation. The kids’ ages ranged from 5-15 and they spent the afternoon playing varying sports with the HBU student-athletes.

“FCA has had the opportunity to host and serve Carter’s Kids the past two years here on the HBU campus,” said FCA member Sebastien Huang. “The love that we get to share with these kids is such a blessing, not only to the children but also to all the athletes that come out to help. To encourage, inspire, and motivate these kids for a brighter future, volunteers get to witness smiles and laughter, joyful and cheerful hearts, as well as life changing moments for both parties.” Members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) spent their Saturday morning volunteering at the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Copperfield Bowling Center, as part of the Southland Conference’s “Southland Gives Back.” “It is really great to be part of a conference and to attend a school that encourages us to give back to the community,” said senior women’s soccer player and SAAC President Blake Martin. “Our student-athletes really enjoy being able to cheer on the kids and help out in any way we can to make the Special Olympics kids’ day better.”

The men’s and women’s Track and Field teams volunteered their time at Jingle Bell Express, which is organized by the Christian Community Service Center which provided new toys, books, and holiday food to underprivileged children and their families.

“I’m very happy we went and we were able to have a large group of the team come,” said Head Track and Field Coach Theresa Fuqua. “Jingle Bell Express does a lot of good things for the unfortunate youth in the Houston area.” Several other HBU athletic teams plan to volunteer at different locations around the Houston area in the spring.