UK Football Helps at the Christian Appalachian Project

July 29, 2010

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Video: Operation Win in full effect in the community

Editor’s note: this story was written by Candace Sword of the Christian Appalachian Project. Thanks to CAP for allowing us to post this story.

Christian Appalachian Project had the pleasure today of welcoming some very special guests into our warehouse. Thirty members of the University of Kentucky football team came out to help us take in donations and load a semi-truck to be distributed to the flood victims of Eastern Kentucky. They came ready to work, all smiles and eager to make a difference. For one hour these young men lifted heavy furniture, greeted people and pitched in wherever they were needed.

The experience for two members of the team had to be particularly personal; Moncell Allen and Anthony Kendrick know all too well the devastation that comes with floods. They are survivors of Hurricane Katrina. CAP served in Mississippi for three months after Katrina and also knows about the extreme conditions experienced by so many in that disaster. Giving back is a cathartic process and we hope that today we helped these two young men and their teammates feel the pride and joy that comes with service to others.

But this team is no stranger to community service. Under the guidance of Coach Joker Phillips and his new initiative Operation Win, donating their time to the community is something expected of these players. And a life skill that’s taught off the field that will stay with them far after their UK football years.

We at CAP would like to thank the University of Kentucky, the Football program and each of the players who joined us today as well as the ones who were unable to attend. We look forward to the next partnership opportunity. Until then we will sit proudly in the stands cheering on our Wildcats, knowing they have more than brains, talent and heart…. They have compassion. And that makes us very proud.

Thank you.