In between training and sporting events, VI athletic teams have a history of being involved in community outreach. Over the last few weeks student-athletes have visited schools, clubs and the VA Hospital.
Men’s Basketball took time before the AAC Tournament in Kingsport to visit John Adams Elementary School and read books to some of the younger students.
After their run to the championship game in the tournament, several players spent the following Monday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol helping kids with homework, as well as spending time with them playing basketball video games, and other activities.
Assistant Coaches Kevin Timmons and Cory Gardener went with Tyrone Smith, TJ Jones, Cyril Clark-Lewis, Javon Price, Kurt Moore, and JD Tucker to help. Smith, a senior from Woodbridge, Va., organized the event. He spent last summer living in Bristol, and working at the Boys and Girls Club.
The Men’s basketball team is looking to continue to build their relationship with the Boys and Girls Club. They plan to continue making visits to help inspire kids and develop additional opportunities for outreach.
Last month, the Lady Cobras Volleyball team made a visit to the James Quillen VA Medical Center to spread some Valentines cheer. They took handmade Valentines and handed them out to patients on several floors of the Medical Center.
“Many of the vets were in their rooms alone, but some had families with them,” said Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer Kandt. “I think it was a great experience not only for the vets but it is definitely an eye-opener for our team and gives them an opportunity to share smiles and words of kindness to those who may really need it, especially on Valentine’s Day. This is our 3rd year as a team participating in the Valentines for Vets volunteer opportunity.”