TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Seminole student-athletes are stepping up and giving back to their community in a big way. Student-Athlete Advisory Council President Katherine Plessy and Vice President Hannah Acton, as well as 21 fellow SAAC athletes participated in a day of philanthropic volunteer work at Kearney Center, a 24-hour agency that provides food, shelter, hygiene, clothing, medical, and referral services to homeless men and women in the Tallahassee area.
Throughout the day, athletes worked in two shifts to help prepare and serve food to Tallahassee’s homeless community. The first shift led by Acton was in charge of preparing the food, while the second shift, led by Plessy, had the task of taking meal tickets, portioning soup and salad, and serving peanut butter sandwiches. The SAAC members were able to socialize with the homeless, and assist those with wheelchairs and walkers in getting to their seat.
“We took away from this experience that we are very fortunate as Florida State student-athletes and that we should not take anything for granted. It helped us put our lives into perspective. It is extremely important for us to give back to the community because this community has given so much to us from cheering us on at games, to supporting our education, you name it. This community has done a multitude of good for us.”
Acton was inspired by the service day as well, and is really looking forward to future volunteer opportunities. She said she is trying to coordinate a different service event for each month to impact different areas of the community.
Plessy added the service day was a success, and everyone had a fun time working together and helping others.
“It was a great way for us athletes to bond with each other. A lot of times we do community service with our teams instead of mixing in people from different sports, but we had representation from almost every sport which was awesome,” Plessy said, adding that her favorite part of the experience was seeing all of the skills athletes learn—teamwork, dedication, and communication—being put into action in something outside of athletics.
The SAAC board plans to continue efforts to improve and assist the community throughout the year. The next event the Seminoles are looking forward to volunteering at is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk in October.