DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Since 2005 the North Georgia College & State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has helped give back to the community that supports them so much during the year by collecting food boxes for the Lumpkin County White Christmas Food Drive.
“Even as college students we remember that you can give back,” said SAAC president Kenny Bellavance, a North Georgia baseball player. “Even if it’s a little amount per person, it will all come together to amont to a large amount of food and provides help so families can enjoy the holiday seeason. It really means a lot to be able to give back.” Kenny Bellavance
Vice president and women’s tennis player Jordan Poole echoed Bellavance’s sentiments. “It’s something we look forward to doing every year,” said Poole. “It’s great to see the amount of involvement from all of our student-athletes who participate in helping out our community. It means a lot to us to be able to reach out in other ways other than through athletics.”
This year, North Georgia’s SAAC collected 50 boxes for the food drive that included items such as canned hams, green beans, yams, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese and cake mix.
The boxes that are being collected by various organizations across Lumpkin County will be distributed in the coming weeks to families in need and the North Georgia men’s basketball team will help distribute the goods to families on December 13.
“Our student athletes continue to display selfless acts of kindness through local community and national based fundraising efforts,” said North Georgia Senior Woman Administrator Tiffany Bryson who also acts as a mentor for the SAAC. “I’m so proud of our student athletes for giving back to our community, but more importantly, giving hope to someone in need. When our student athletes graduate, I want them to recall their athletic and academic achievements, and recognize that the depth and richness that was added to those experiences was directly related to their community involvement.”