Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's student-athletes are accustomed to taking on the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's 14 other member schools on the field, court, track and course.
For the next three weeks, the Hornets will be trying to best their competitors in another way.
Lynchburg's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is heading up the Hornets' entry in the ODAC-wide food drive now through November 20, and they need help to reach the top of the league.
Non-perishable food items can be donated in marked boxes in Turner Gymnasium, Drysdale Student Center, and Schewel Hall over the next two weeks. Members of the Lynchburg SAAC will also be present at home events over the next two weeks to collect donations.
"This is our way to reach both the University of Lynchburg community and the outside Lynchburg community in a meaningful way," senior field hockey player Lindsay Riley, who also serves as the SAAC communications chair, said. "Athletics in the community is a huge part of what makes Lynchburg a special place, and we're excited to get as much of the campus involved as possible."
Lynchburg Daily Bread, located on Clay Street downtown, serves more than 75,000 meals each year to people in need around the Hill City and surrounding area. The University of Lynchburg Food Pantry, located in the Flynn Multicultural Center on the second floor of Drysdale, is open to both the campus and local communities to ensure food security for those at and around the institution.
To add some extra spice to this year's drive, SAAC decided to make the competition internal as well. Lynchburg's programs have divided up into their CODE RED buddy groups to compete among themselves.
"It's a friendly competition among ourselves, too," Riley said, "to see which set of buddies can raise the most."
Suggested donation items include peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, canned meats, macaroni and cheese, cereal, soup, and ready-to-serve items. Please do not donate items in glass containers. Lynchburg will also accept monetary donations. Those should be delivered to head women's basketball coach Abby Pyzik Smith at her office on the third floor of Turner.
Contact Coach Pyzik Smith at email@example.com with any further questions on the Lynchburg SAAC and ODAC-wide food drive.