Geo. Washington Sponsors Colonial Harvest

WASHINGTON -- For the fourth year in a row, the George Washington lacrosse team is sponsoring a Thanksgiving basket collection to provide food and toiletries to local families in need during the holidays. This fall, however, the squad has expanded the scope of the annual project, which is now dubbed Colonial Harvest.

"We are very excited about Colonial Harvest," said head coach Tracy Coyne, who enters her second season at the helm. "This year our emphasis has been to improve the cultural diversity of the food collection and to improve our outreach efforts. The players' enthusiasm to raise awareness around campus about the food drive has been spectacular, and we expect a great turnout from the GW community on Nov. 6."

"Colonial Harvest is important to our team because it is a way for us to bring our community together by doing good," said graduate student Jacqui Stevens. "Unfortunately, Washington, D.C., has a poverty rate of over 20 percent. We devised this philanthropy project to put our teamwork skills to practice and help those in need. The project is so important to me because so much good comes out of it. Not only are we bringing the GW campus together, but we are helping our city that does so much for us."

As in years past, the Colonials are collecting laundry baskets filled with non-perishable food items including typical Thanksgiving staples like canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix and cranberry sauce, as well as toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper. The baskets will be donated to United Church and St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, the team will also accept monetary donations, which will benefit Capital Area Food Bank.

Baskets and monetary donations will be collected in the lobby of the Charles E. Smith Center on Friday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Players will also be collecting donations at the GW men's basketball exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:00 p.m., and at the women's basketball exhibition contest on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 12:00 p.m.

In the first three years of the Thanksgiving basket drive, the lacrosse team reached out only within the GW department of athletics and recreation. In 2014 alone, the Colonials collected more than 30 baskets. This year, however, the squad is broadening their scope to include the entire university.

"Our team is focusing on moving up and being better in everything that we do -- on the field, in the classroom and in the community," said Stevens. "When Tracy came on board, she saw the project and recognized an opportunity to grow. This year we are expanding the project to include al of GW and broadening our stretch in the city. What has been truly amazing is the response rate from campus groups, from Campus Life staff, to Greek Life, to the GW faculty. The project will only get better and more involved in the years to come."

For more information and a list of suggested items for the baskets, visit Facebook.com/GWLacrosse.

2015-10-30



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