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11 / 27
Holiday Dinner
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UT student-athletes welcomed guests from the Volunteer Ministry Center to a Thanksgiving meal on Sunday, November 22nd. In addition to serving and handling the food at Smokey’s Sports Grill in the Anderson Training Complex, student-athletes also collected and distributed a bag of clothing to each guest in the attendance.

11 / 20
Fantasy of Trees
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The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and additional student-athletes came together on Monday, November 16th to decorate three Christmas trees to be donated and auctioned at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s 31st annual “Fantasy of Trees” event. Each varsity team created special ornaments to be placed on the trees.

This year’s event takes place from November 25th-29th at the Knoxville Convention center; all proceeds go towards emergency room equipment at ETCH. More information on the annual event can be found here.


UT student-athletes adorned the trees with homemade ornaments like the ones pictured above


Group Photo

 The many Volunteers with their festive trees

More pictures from the evening can be found here.

11 / 13
Goals for Girls Feature
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VFL Films accompanied Student-Athlete Development’s “Goals for Girls” program on a recent outing to Pond Gap Elementary on Thursday, November 5th. The featured bi-weekly lesson focused on nutrition and allowed the mentors and students to learn more about how to properly fuel their bodies, as well as create some fun snacks of their own. The program will carry on into the spring semester and may even expand to additional sites.

11 / 11
UT v. Vandy Canned Food Drive
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The first annual UT v. Vanderbilt canned food drive is now underway on both campuses and online and runs until November 20th. The final tally and winner will be announced at halftime of the Tennessee v. Vanderbilt football game on Saturday, November 28th. Please see below for more details and how to donate.

Canned Food JPEG



11 / 06
South Carolina Flood Relief Efforts
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To aide the victims of the recent natural disaster in South Carolina, the UT Athletic Department has been collecting non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and toiletries for the past two weeks in conjunction with The University of Tennessee’s Center for Leadership and Service and several other departments on campus. Student-athletes, coaches, and administrators collected hundreds of items to be donated to the Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina Relief (Cropped)

Brett Langhorne (Baseball), Robert Hubbs (Basketball), and Gabrielle Schuck (Tennis) with UT Athletic’s donation to the South Carolina Flood Relief