Even when campus was quiet and classes were (somewhat) halted, UT student-athletes continued the tradition of servitude in the greater Knoxville community during Summer 2015. Vols spent quality time at schools, charity events, summer camps, and more in the warm Summer months. Below is a complete recap of community service participation by student-athletes during the months of June and July:
6/1 – Wesley House Opening Day
Participants: Todd Kelly Jr., Jabari McGee
Details: Participants spent lunchtime with the students of Wesley House and explained the importance of education in their own lives.
Comments from event host: “I want to really thank you for that opportunity, our kids LOVED it!”
6/10 – High School Bible Camp
Participant: Aaron Medley
Details: Aaron sent a video message to the camp focusing on his personal experience with faith and spirituality.
6/11 – UT Athletics Day (Pride and Joy Academy)
Participants: Mack Crowder, Micah Bohon, Taylor Upson, Mary Griffith
Details: Student-Athletes visited the Pride and Joy Academy to answer questions and sign UT football posters for the elementary students.
Comments from event host: “Our kids really enjoyed their presentations and just being able to meet them and get their autographs. They all did a great job answering questions from the kids, even the very young ones! Thank you again for making a special visit for our children. Go VOLS!!”
6/18 – Northwest Elementary Summer Camp
Participants: Megan Hatcher, Aaron Medley
Details: Aaron and Megan sent a video message detailing the importance of community service for themselves, their team, and the community.
6/29 – Memory Links Golf Tournament (First Tee of Knoxville)
Participant: Teleri Hughes
Details: Teleri monitored one of the tournament holes and greeted/interacted with participants.
Comments from event host: “Excellent Process in place.”
7/13 – “Leap into Literacy” Summer Camp
Participants: Aaron Medley, Jack Jones
Details: Football players Aaron Medley and Jack Jones spent the afternoon reading a Dr. Seuss book to students of The Goddard School of Farragut.
Comments from event host: “My entire staff, parents, and I were amazed by the sincerity, interest, and kindness these young men showed to us and to our young students. They showed as much enthusiasm as the kids did! They were engaged and encouraged participation from our kids, too, and that meant the world to them and me. Aaron and Jack are making the Vols proud and are wonderful representatives of the kind of young men I know Coach Jones wants on the team.”
7/23– Summer at the CLO
Participants: Hannah Wilkinson, Danielle Marcano, Christine Creighton, Cali Hutson, Carlyn Baldwin, Nicole Seaman
Details: UT Soccer players led campers through an afternoon of soccer drills and games.
Comments from event host: “The players went above and beyond what was asked of them. They were well organized, well-spoken, and a showed great leadership.”
7/26– East Tennessee Ride for Kids
Participants: Alexa Middleton, Jaime Nared, Andy Cox, Quint Robinson
Details: Members of the women’s basketball and baseball teams greeted riders as they crossed the finish line. They also stayed after to assist with the distribution of prizes and interact with the participants.
Comments from event host: “They were on time, very polite, great with the kids and adults, posed for lots of pictures.”
7/29– Knox County Kick-Off
Participants: Sunay Bhat, Preston Touliatos, Taylor Upson, Natalie Tavares, Eli Wolf, Zach Jancek, Sheriron Jones, Jordan Reynolds
Details: Student-athletes helped initiate the training of new teachers in Knox County.
Comments from event host: “All [teachers] were very impressed and happy to see the support of UT present. Also, new teachers were delighted and felt more at ease with the UT energy in the lobby prior to their meeting beginning.”