Farmington College athletes donate to local food drive

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Student-athletes at the University of Maine at Farmington from the University of Maine at Farmington recently donated $ 400 to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Drive. Front, left to right, Erin Jasper of Milford, New Hampshire; Lily Souza from Wiscasset; Chelsea Davis of Gray and Chris Frey of Auburn. Back row, left to right, Cyndi Pratt, Assistant Sports Director and SAAC Advisor; Emmy Corbett of Otisfield; Lydia Wasina from Waterboro and Izac Gomez from Willimantic, Connecticut. Contribution photo

FARMINGTON In the spirit of the holiday season, athletes from University of Maine at Farmington varsity athletic programs recently donated $ 400 to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Drive.

The UMF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, an NCAA organization that represents Division III student-athletes and promotes community outreach, raised donations. Sixteen UMF student athletes are members of SAAC. They represent all the male and female university sports programs of the UMF.

UMF’s varsity sports include women’s field hockey, soccer, cross-country, basketball, snow sports (downhill, Nordic and freeride skiing), softball, track and field and lacrosse; and men’s soccer, golf, cross-country skiing, basketball, snow sports (downhill, Nordic and freestyle skiing), baseball and track and field.

“The student-athletes participated in this community service project last year and were eager to continue the effort this year,” said Cyndi Pratt, assistant director of athletics and SAAC advisor, according to a press release from the college. “Reaching out to have a positive impact on the community is a valuable part of their college experience. “

A long-standing food drive named after Wiles, a local resident known for his charitable work in the community, the program distributes food baskets to families referred by local service agencies, schools, volunteers from Operation Santa Claus, the United Way of the Tri-Valley region, members of the Board of Directors of the Chamber and other businesses and agencies in the region.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of UMF student-athletes for the second year in a row to families in the community in need,” said Scott Lavertu, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber is so proud to be affiliated with the Gerry Wiles program. It’s wonderful to see the holiday spirit in action.

Due to the difficulty this year finding necessary groceries, recipients of this year’s food basket will receive their holiday basket in the form of “Room Bucks,” which can be used to purchase groceries at local stores. feed local participants who are chamber members. .


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