Lane athletes provide assistance to the homeless on Thanksgiving

11/24/2010 13:49
Eugene, OR -- At 8 a.m. on a cold Thanksgiving morning found the Lane Community College men’s basketball team serving their community at the annual Whiteaker Thanksgiving dinner.

Coach Chavka, his assistant coaches, and all fifteen team members distributed warm weather clothes and supplies.  Team members and coaches also helped organize and manage hundreds of community members, many of them homeless, who showed up for the traditional holiday meal at the old Whiteaker elementary school. 

The event  organized solely by volunteers including Lane’s Sue Thompson, is in its 22nd year and serves 2,500 to 3,000 community members, providing blankets, warm clothing, toiletries, even toys and pet food. 

“We wanted to give back to our community,” says coach Chavka.  “I really try and stress to our student athletes how important it is to give back to our community,” added Chavka.  “I stress to our players how fortunate they are to be attending college and playing a sport they love: not everyone is so lucky and we all have so much to be thankful for,” he explains.

 That message seems to be resonate with the team members,“It was a very humbling experience.  The people we met were so cool.  I talked to one older gentleman and he promised to come to one of our games.  I hope I see him there,” says team member and South Eugene high school graduate Nick Lindsey.

Serving their community and making new fans, a winning Titan combination!

The Lane Community College athletic department also chips in

The baseball, cross country, track and field, women’s basketball teams collected over $500 dollars, warm cloths and toiletries for the annual Whiteaker Thanksgiving dinner.  Also, a handful of student-athletes helped out of Wednesday night setting up for the event.   Thanks to all who supported this great cause.