Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Pitches In With Unity Lutheran Church's Soup Kitchen Night
April 16, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee pitched in at last week's Soup Kitchen Night at Unity Lutheran Church.
The efforts by SAAC are part of an on-going initiative to have a bigger presence in the community.
"One of my goals is to empower our student-athletes to have a stronger voice in their experience," Assistant Athletic Director of Student Athlete Affairs Deidre Merritt said. "I'm very proud to say they have done just that. Participation in this initiative was solely their choice and reflects their strong desire to give back to the surrounding community. This event, as well as others we have undertaken this academic year, illustrates how remarkable our student-athletes are. Even with all of their athletic, academic and personal commitments, they still desire to do more and be good ambassadors for the University."
The Unity Soup Kitchen involves more than 180 community members enjoy meals prepared by volunteers. The meal is supported by Hunger Task Force. The church also has a food pantry open on Wednesday and has a clothing closet providing free immediate need clothing for men and women. Plus, there is an Open Door Free Clinic on Wednesdays, providing health care to the uninsured and underinsured population (ages 19-64) in the southeast area of Milwaukee County.
The work at Unity Lutheran followed the celebration of National Student-Athlete Day, which was April 5. That day honored those who have excelled academically while making significant contributions to the community. Staff and coaches from the athletic department were on hand to honor those chosen during a luncheon, with honorees also receiving certificates of appreciation.