BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Our student-athletes fill their days with practice, games and classes. Yet, during the holiday season, they also manage to find time to give back to the community.
This holiday season the women’s basketball team has been involved in two community activities.
The Eagles held their annual toy drive which was once again a huge success. This year the drive was held in conjunction with the men’s team and toys were collected at the Dec. 1 basketball doubleheader. Spectators were admitted free if they donated a new toy. Nearly 1,000 toys were collected and delivered to the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The United Way distributes the toys to needy families during the Christmas season, helping to brighten the day for many area youngsters.
The women’s team has also volunteered to help the Salvation Army and have been ringing the bell in recent days at Bridgewater Foods.
The Bridgewater College Equestrian Club held its annual Horses Christmas this past Sunday at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center.
Nearly 100 families gathered at the BCEC to watch the annual production. The theme for this year was Pixar. The students and coaches along with the program’s horses performed a variety of skits to entertain young and old alike.
After the horses exited the ring, families and children were able to feed the animals peppermint treats.
The performance was free, but spectators were encouraged to bring canned foods that were in turn donated to the Blue Ridge Food Bank.
On Dec. 14-15, the men’s basketball program will host the annual BC/Don Glick Classic. On Dec. 14 Eastern Mennonite will play Wesley College at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Eagles hosting Maryland Bible. On Saturday, Dec. 15, EMU meets Maryland Bible at 2:00 p.m., followed by the Bridgewater-Wesley matchup.
Admission for the games will be free if spectators bring a canned food item. All proceeds from the two-day event will benefit the Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Pantry. A year ago, the team was able to collect enough food to feed more than 100 families during the holiday season.
In conjunction with the Glick Classic, the men's basketball team will also host a free youth basketball clinic in Nininger Hall on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. A year ago, the clinic drew more than 80 youngsters from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area. The clinic is conducted by the men's basketball program coaches and players.
Giving back to the community is certainly a worthwhile activity as demonstrated by our student athletes. In the spirit of the holiday season they are showing that is indeed better to give than to receive.