Dec. 6, 2011
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By Doug Richards
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - In a packed parking lot in downtown Orlando Tuesday evening, during a busy week filled with final exams, practices and an upcoming game, UCF men's basketball student-athletes Rod Days and Bobby Horodyski participated in an event so simple, but so necessary. Days and Horodyski volunteered at a food share, serving an early Christmas dinner to hundreds of adults in need.
Working with volunteers from Straight Street Orlando, and offering holiday staples like turkey, ham, stuffing and green bean casserole that were prepared by members of Genesis Church, the Knights served over 150 adults. The majority of those attending the food share, which is held each Tuesday behind the St. George Orthodox Church on North Rosalind Avenue, are homeless.
"It is great to come out here and help people in need," Horodyski said. "Everyone was very appreciative. There are so many people in need, and this really opens your eyes to what people are dealing with on a daily basis."
Days and Horodyski were joined by several men's basketball support staff members, and John Evans, a member of Genesis Church who serves as UCF's in-game emcee at the UCF Arena.
"I enjoyed helping tonight," Days said. "It is always nice to help those in need, and hopefully we were able to make their day a little bit better."
After dinner, Days and Horodyski distributed donated clothing to attendees.