UCF Student-Athletes Thrive in the Community

GO KNIGHTS Various sports teams this fall have helped out at the Central Florida Miracle League.
Various sports teams this fall have helped out at the Central Florida Miracle League.

Nov. 21, 2012

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By Eric DeSalvo

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - In this season of giving thanks, UCF student-athletes continue to show their appreciation toward the Orlando community by giving back tenfold during the fall semester. With over 1,200 service hours over the last five months, the Knights have no plans to slow down with their work in the community.

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From interacting with young students at teach-ins, to the spirit team coordinating routines at a special needs cheer camp, the Knights continue to make a difference in many people's lives.

The great part about UCF student-athletes is there willingness to go beyond any required amount of service. With over 36,000 people having felt the positive affect by the Knights, there is an overwhelming appreciation from the greater Orlando community.

"Our players serve as role models to all in the Orlando area," said head baseball coach Terry Rooney, whose team has been very active off the field this fall. "By being a student-athlete at UCF, they have been provided a platform not only on the playing field, but in the community as well."

Just in the month of November, nearly every athletic team has taken part in a service event, including teach-ins at East Lake Elementary, Jackson Heights Middle School and Maitland Middle School. Various student-athletes have also assisted with mock interviews at the Junior Leadership Institute, the Autism Speaks Walk and aiding at the Miracle League and Florida Hospital for Children.

Below is a glimpse of where UCF student-athletes have been spending their time in the community this fall:

Event - Location - Team

-Creative School Field Day - UCF Creative School for Children - FB

-Boys Town of Central Florida - UCF Football Training Facility - FB

-Football Clinic - Citrus Bowl Thunder Field - FB

-Florida Citrus Sports Camp - Citrus Bowl - WBB

-Florida Hospital for Children - Florida Hospital - WBB

-Community Food & Outreach Center - MTEN

-Back to Football Friday - Sunrise Elementary School - FB

-Community Food & Outreach Center - TRK

-Orlando Children's Church Fun Day - Orlando World Outreach Center - WBB

-Miracle League - Trotters Park - SB, Spirit, WBB, BASE

-Anti-Hazing Silent March - UCF - Softball

-Baseball Little League Clinic - Oviedo Babe Ruth - BASE

-Florida Hospital for Children - Florida Hospital - SB, Spirit, WSOC

-Baseball Little League Clinic - College Park Babe Ruth - BASE

-Knights for Youth Day - IOA Plaza - TRK, MSOC, WSOC, BASE, MTEN, WTEN

-Family Fun Night - Joan Walker Elementary - FB, ROW

-Diversity Breakfast - Pegasus Ballroom - WGOLF, TRK, BASE

-Kids House of Seminole - TRK, ROW

-Volunteer UCF - Safe House of Seminole - BASE, TRK, SB

-Susan G Komen - Race for the Cure - WBB

-Medical Kids Clinic - Florida Hospital - WSOC, Spirit, ROW

-Alzheimer's Walk - Lake Eola - WTEN

-Teach-In - East Lake Elementary - FB

-Meet & Greet - Palm Valley - WBB

-Walk Now for Autism Speaks - SB, BASE, WGOLF, TRK

-Teach-In - Jackson Heights Middle School - TRK, WGOLF

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