All UNCG Athletics staff members and coaches volunteered their time Wednesday in the first-ever UNCG Big Help Day initiative, including at Out of the Garden pictured above.
All UNCG Athletics staff members and coaches volunteered their time Wednesday in the first-ever UNCG Big Help Day initiative, including at Out of the Garden pictured above.
Courtesy: Photo Courtesy of UNCG University Relations

First Ever Big Help Day For Athletics A Big Success 04-30-2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG athletic department held its first-ever Big Help Day Wednesday as every staff member and coach took time out of their schedule to give back to the Greensboro Community. The Spartans donated their time volunteering at nine different organizations across the region throughout the day adding to the over 1,000 cumulative volunteer hours during the 2013-14 season that UNCG student-athletes donated.

“The Big Help Day is a great chance for our coaches and staff to give back to the Greensboro community,” Director of Athletics Kim Record said. “One of our core values in the department is community engagement and there isn’t a better way to support community initiatives than to actually give our time. Greensboro supports our student-athletes, coaches and staff on a daily basis throughout the year so it is important that we find ways to show our appreciation.” 

The Spartans did a variety of projects throughout the day at the nine different locations. At the Servant Center, volunteers assisted with landscaping and gardening projects at the location that serves the human needs of the most vulnerable people, particularly Veterans.

“We had a great time and a great project to work for in The Servant Center today,” head baseball coach Link Jarrett said. “A lot of the people that are involved in The Servant Center served our country as military members and anything we can do to make it more enjoyable and more comfortable for them here is great. People who have served our country deserve the best that we can provide them with and anything we do out here today is just a way to serve them and show our appreciation for their service. “

UNCG sent members to the Out of the Garden Project, which provides healthy food to over 900 families with children in Greensboro. The Spartans worked to fill bags of non-perishable and grocery items in preparation for distribution to the families this week. Don Milholin, the Director of the Out of the Garden Project, began the company in 2009 and was very grateful for the UNCG Athletics’ volunteers.

“We are totally dependent on volunteers at the Out of the Garden Project,” Director of Out of the Project Don Milholin said. “Having UNCG Athletics come out and donate their time is a great help for our organization. We provide bags of food for over 900 families per week and are the largest charity that provides food to children in the Triad.”

The Spartans also helped out at a similar organization called Backpack Beginnings, which provides food and comfort items to children in need. They assisted filling the bags for the children at the warehouse on Alliance Drive.

“It is a pretty incredible thing for our entire department to come out today and give back to the community,” head women’s golf coach Sarah Sargent said. “Being able to help at the Backpack Beginnings project is personally rewarding. I couldn’t imagine having a hungry child so being able to provide food for children in need is an amazing feeling and a great cause.”

Additionally, the Spartans battled the weather and got out in front of the forecasted rain at a couple of outside community service projects. UNCG donated time at Kopper Top facility, which provides quality therapy services in a non-clinical environment at a 33-acre farm in southeast Guilford County. The Spartans also worked outside at the YMCA Camp Weaver location with various landscaping projects.

“The Big Help Day is a great thing for us to do and it is a great chance to give back to those who support us all year,” head men’s basketball coach Wes Miller said. “Today I was out at Camp Weaver, which is a special place to me because it gives back to the kids in our community. If we can come out an give a small token of our appreciation by providing service, that is a really positive thing and is good for the soul.”

The Spartans also helped out their local community at the Glenwood Recreation Center on Coliseum Boulevard where staff members helped with some painting projects at the facility. Additionally, UNCG worked with the American Red Cross making emergency kits, while also working with students from Brooks Global Studies School and assisting at the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Greensboro.

UNCG Big Help Day Locations
The Servant Center
1312 Lexington Ave, Greensboro –
About The Servant Center: Rooted in faith The Servant Center strives to be the premier agency in the Piedmont Triad to address the human needs of its most vulnerable people. At the same time, restoring hope, affirming dignity and being a hub where the surrounding community can become stewards of hope.

Out Of The Garden Project
300 N Carolina 68 -
About Out Of The Garden Project: It is a food assistance program for families primarily in Guilford County. It desires to partner with parents, teachers, friends, and organizations to provide food and hope for every child!  It provides a bag of food, including two meals, for a family of for (6-7 lbs) each Friday at 50+ schools in Guilford County and one in Forsyth County. Reaches more than 900 families each week.

Backpack Beginnings
3714 Alliance Drive -
About Backpack Beginnings: Goal is to provide children in need with nutritious food, comfort items or basic necessities through the use of backpacks or other efficient means of distribution.

Kopper Top
6657 Kimesville Road -
About Kopper Top: Dedicated to providing quality therapy services. Utilizes a non-clinical atmosphere by providing therapeutic horseback riding, recreational therapy, animal-assisted therapy and horticulture therapy to individuals with or without disabilities.

YMCA Camp Weaver
About Camp Weaver: YMCA Camp Weaver is an exceptional facility located in beautiful Southeast Greensboro, North Carolina. The Camp consists of 100 Acres of gorgeous rolling hills, wooded areas, fields, hiking trails, lakes, creeks, shaded spaces and modern facilities that provide an ideal setting for our high quality programs.

American Red Cross
1501 Yanceyville Street -
About America Red Cross: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Glenwood Recreation Center
2010 Coliseum Blvd -
About Glenwood Recreation Center: The Glenwood Recreation Center holds regular activities, classes and events during normal operating hours, serving the Glenwood neighborhood.

Brooks Global Studies School
1215 Westover Terrace -
About Brooks Global Studies School: Brooks Global Studies prepares students to become active, knowledgeable participants in a global society. Their studies lead them to understand how their actions as individuals impact the larger community of their classroom and the school, just as the actions of a single country affects the world. Brooks Global children learn to genuinely respect and accept the differences that make people and their cultures unique.

Cultural Arts Center
200 North Davie Street -
About The Cultural Arts Center: the Center is filled with activity year round. It hosts visual art galleries, performance spaces, pottery and dance studios, visual art studios, music rooms and multiple administrative offices. The Center also includes the adjacent outdoor performance and event venue, the Price-Bryan Performance Place at Festival Park.

Greensboro Arboretum (Cancelled due to weather)
401 Ashland Drive -
About The Greensboro Arboretum: This 17-acre site features 10 woody plant collections, special display gardens and distinct structural features. The extensive variety of plants offers rich educational opportunities for children and adults, landscape designers, and homeowners. The garden is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. 

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