August 4, 2009

Men's Soccer Team Serves Local Community

2009 Men's Soccer Schedule

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia College & State University men’s soccer team continued to make a difference off the field this spring, serving the community through the Roswell Convey of Hope.

On Saturday, April 18th the North Georgia Men's Soccer Team served alongside a number of churches, businesses, and other local non-profit organizations to spread hope to the Metro Atlanta area through the Roswell Convoy of Hope.

The Convoy of Hope is nonprofit organization, which serves in the United States and around the world providing disaster relief, building supply lines and sponsoring outreaches to the poor and hurting in communities.  During the COH, free groceries are distributed, job and health fairs are organized and activities for children are provided. 

This year the Convoy of Hope came to Roswell, Georgia, to provide relief to those who are currently unemployed or living below the poverty line in the Metro Atlanta Area.  The entire Men's Soccer team arrived at 6:30 am on Saturday morning and worked until 3pm, unloading pallets of food, bagging hundreds of bags of groceries, distributing and carrying food for those in need, breaking down boxes, and organizing activities for the kids. 

"Its so easy to forget about all the blessings we have in life and to take your time for granted, but to be able to see the tremendous needs in our community, and to serve beside so many hundreds of people for the day was awesome,” junior Stan Soulen said of the chance to serve the local community. “The kids we spent time with were great, it is great to be a part of something bigger than yourself." 

Through the efforts of the Saints and the many other volunteers who served at the Convoy of Hope, 2465 people received food, health care, haircuts, and childcare. 

"We want our program to be about much more than just success on the field,” head coach Pat Parris said of the effort by his team. “Part of our team mission here is to build men of character; part of that is developing men who see the needs of others and give back to the community around them.  I'm proud of the different community service projects we've been able to take part of this year.  These things go along way in shaping us as individuals, as teammates, and as leaders on and off the field."

The men’s soccer program will open the season with exhibitions at Emmanual College and at home against Southern Wesleyan before traveling to Florida Southern and St. Leo to open the regular season.