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Fall Sports Teams Volunteer with Lynchburg Grows

Athletes, coaches and staff spend day helping community

8/24/2005 3:48:09 PM


Lynchburg, VA— The WildCat fall sports teams exchanged their soccer cleats, hockey sticks, and volleyball knee pads for work gloves and pruners August 21 as they took part in a community service project to benefit the entire Lynchburgcommunity. The group of more than 50 student-athletes and athletic department staff joined the efforts of the non-profit organization, Lynchburg Grows, in helping to clean out one of the nine greenhouses at the Schenkel Farm in downtown Lynchburg.

The group spent the afternoon pulling old rose bushes from the rows and rows of old planting beds, hauling branches, and taking down old plant wires. The greenhouses were once home to one of the most thriving rose production sites in the country. Once the greenhouses are completely cleaned out they will be used to produce fresh, naturally grown produce. The food will be given to food banks, homeless shelters, and nursing homes, as well as sold to local businesses.

The farm, which includes 6.5 acres of land and 70,000 square feet of greenhouse space, will provide employment training opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the city of Lynchburg. According to the mission of Lynchburg Grows, the urban Schenkel farm will play a unique role in the community, providing its neighbors with food, educational and cultural events, open space and a connection to the land.

Heather Somers, the head volleyball coach and senior woman administrator, organized the project with Lynchburg Grows.

“I am glad that the student-athletes were able to help with the great and positive efforts of Lynchburg Grows. I hope that our three hours of work today will help the organization reach its ultimate goal of being a catalyst for local food development,” Somers said.

In the past, the athletes have been involved in cleaning up areas on the IvyCreektrail and on Percival’s Island. The R-MWC athletes’ involvement in the R-MWC and Lynchburgcommunity will continue throughout the year. Other projects planned for this year include managing the finish line of the Virginia4-Miler and hosting a Girls & Women in Sports Clinic.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations