(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 5, 2021) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff returned from a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic to celebrate the third “Day of Champions” on Saturday, Sept. 25. This day of volunteering and community support is designated by the athletic department as time to step away from sports to serve others and make an impact. In a single day, the group typically contributes more than 400 hours of service.
“It’s very important that our student-athletes understand the power of community, while also realizing their platform as a college athlete can help impact change in so many ways,” said Tom Parks, SCF head men’s basketball coach.
Each year, the SCF Manatees partner with United Way of Manatee County to identify organizations that can benefit from a group of volunteers. After meeting at the college, the athletic teams travel throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties to their assigned organizations. The list of organizations served this year included Hope Family Services, Mothers Helping Mothers, Adams and Rogers Cemetery, Church of the Holy Spirit, Easter Seals and United Way Veterans Day Service.