NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — Before departing campus for the winter break, Westminster College football players got into the holiday spirit by volunteering their time with the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lawrence County, proving they are as mighty off the field as they are on.
Following Thanksgiving, student-athletes Atit Amin, Chase Collison, Angel Lozano, Cameron Mika, Brady Hogue and Joey Joy helped the CAC staff clean out its office warehouse in preparation for the agency’s Adopt a Family holiday gift drive. Players filled a large roll-off with discarded furniture, technology and debris, then helped office staff re-organize the warehouse.
The Westminster football team also raised $235 to support the gift drive, and six players went on a Walmart shopping spree to purchase items for a young mother and her infant son. Ian Valente, Jaevon Hardy, Augustus Necastro, Dylan Magill, Connor Cox and Nick Lampadarios purchased learning toys, clothing—including a football outfit and Titan gear—and food and gas gift cards.
“When I talk to players, I like to use a bus analogy and emphasize that our football program is made up of four wheels: social, spirit, academics and athletics. Those make up our foundation,” said Westminster College Head Football Coach Scott Benzel. “The spirit side is volunteering and helping others, like our players did with the Children’s Advocacy Center. Our players like to be viewed as part of the community and they feel good about themselves when they’re giving back.”
The CAC is a multipurpose non-profit providing a variety of education, services and programs, including Nurse-Family Partnership, Early Head Start, Trauma-Informed Outpatient Victim Services. The CAC also offers food, nutrition, and toy distribution to enrolled children and families in Lawrence County.