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Soap Gives Hope

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 05/01/2013
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North Carolina A&T Athletics believes our student-athletes should strive to be leaders in the community because it fosters goodwill in the areas surrounding North Carolina A&T. It also offers our student-athletes educational opportunities outside of the classroom environment, makes the environment in which they live better and provides an opportunity for student-athletes to invest and stand as role models for the community's youth. 
The Aggies recently were involved in an important community effort -- Soap 4 Hope.    
Members of the North Carolina A&T and UNC Greensboro Student-Athlete Advisory Councils came together in a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday afternoon at UNC Greensboro Baseball Stadium prior to the 6 p.m., baseball game between the two schools to recognize the results of their yearlong Soap for Hope Project.

Both SAAC organizations combine forces for one yearlong community service project.  During the 2012-13 academic year, members of each team from both schools collected individual soap, shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels during road trips, and donated their collection on April 25 to the Greensboro Urban Ministry. They collected three 10 pound boxes worth of toiletries to donate.

 “For the past three years this event has been successful” said Kwadjo Steele, the assistant athletics director for student development at UNCG. “SAAC advisors started this joint project with A&T and UNCG to help student-athletes be aware of the needs of the community that surrounds them.”  

A&T SAAC President Tracy King (women’s basketball), Second Vice President Adriana Nazario (women’s basketball) and Treasurer Victorea Austin (women’s tennis) joined with UNCG SAAC President Dylan Hathcock (Baseball) and Secretary Shannon Hall (Cross Country/Track & Field) to deliver three boxes worth of soap to the Greensboro Urban Ministry, and took a tour of the facilities last Thursday.

“I think the importance of doing the Soap for Hope Project is realizing that something as small as collecting the toiletries from hotels—it takes no effort, no time, you don’t really even use it when you’re in the hotels—just simply acknowledging the fact that this little bottle of soap can impact somebody a lot,” King said.  “So us being able to impact Greensboro Urban Ministry by being mindful and collecting the soap when we’re on the road and when we’re out traveling so that we can help somebody be able to have lotion, have shampoo for their hair, have conditioner, it’s important.” 

The soap and other toiletries will go to the residents of Weaver House or the Pathways Center, each of which provide emergency housing for homeless individuals, said Marykarrina Hall, the volunteer coordinator at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

“Thank you so much for donating the toiletries,” she told the group as they finished their tour. 

Weaver House offers housing for 100 homeless adults while the Pathways Center provides housing for 16 homeless families.  The Greensboro Urban Ministry also provides emergency financial assistance, and emergency food orders through the Food Back.  The Potter’s House Community Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and supper to more than 800 people each day. 

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