Hoosiers Active On The Court And In The Community
Nov. 3, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kelvin Sampson-coached basketball teams are known for their competitiveness, discipline and unselfishness on the court as well as their strong presence in the local community. While Indiana is in its third week of practice, the Hoosiers have also been active throughout the city of Bloomington.
Not only do IU coaches and players make weekly appearances at local elementary schools to emphasize the value of reading and education, but they also spend an hour each Friday serving lunch at the Shalom Community Center. The Shalom Community Center is a daytime resource center for those experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Sampson said that the outreach activities are just one component of the Hoosiers' broad-based program.
"Indiana fans have such a passion for Hoosier basketball, which is why it is so important that we touch every base of the community," Sampson said. "It warms our players' and coaches' hearts to see the reception that they get from the elementary school students or how happy the visitors at the Shalom Center are to see us at lunch."
Shalom Community Center Executive Director Joel Rekas said that the IU players and coaches have made an incredible impact on the center.
"We're extremely grateful for the basketball team's participation at the Shalom Center," Rekas said. "It means a lot to the people we serve to have such highly visible people from IU spend time here. The Shalom Center commends Coach Sampson and the team for being so willing to contribute to the community."
According to senior guard Earl Calloway, the community involvement has had an equally profound influence on the players.
"It shows how fortunate and blessed we are as individuals," Calloway said. "It also means so much to give back to the community."
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