Athletes Giving Back

Athletes share their experience giving back to the community

Fresno Pacific athletes have shown hard work on the field and on the court. These same athletes have shown hard work in their community as well. Fresno Pacific would like to recognize student athletes who have volunteered with their teams and given back to the community. Some volunteer work from Fresno Pacific athletes include clothing drives, serving food to the less fortunate, and keeping their community clean. The athletes recognized share their experiences below. 

Junior Womens’ Basketball Felicia Dourva, Major: Business

“I enjoyed talking to the elderly of the Community and hearing stories about their experiences in Life. It was very Eye opening to hear some of their thoughts and experiences throughout Life. I also enjoyed volunteering at the foodbank and feeling like I was making a difference in someone’s Life by providing them with food on the table. Exactly what I did was keep some of the residents of Twilight Haven Company (this was in 2019 and 2020 before COVID) and since then I have just been going to the California food bank with the team to pack up food items for families in need. I also Went to a preschool a couple of times and played sports with the kids. I personally enjoyed the conversations with the kids the most.”

“I felt great and fulfilled because I was doing something that mattered to help the Community.”

Sophomore Womens’ Basketball Lindsey Moody, Major: Business

“We did two main things last semester, packing boxes at the local food bank and volunteering at Saturday Sports. It’s easy to enjoy volunteering when your team helps make it fun. When we are at Saturday sports we are playing with elementary aged kids, which is always a good time. And when we are at the food bank the competitiveness of our team really comes out and we are racing to see who can make better boxes and stuff the food in faster. But, I think the thing I enjoyed the most was being able to make an impact on the local community with my team.”

“It feels great being a part of a team that cares about giving back to the community that we are located in. Like I said earlier it’s easy to enjoy volunteering when your team makes it fun. Our team also has a saying to be relentlessly pursuing excellence on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.”

Junior Womens’ Basketball Sara Lundqvist, Major: Business

“We have volunteered in two different events this year with our basketball team. We volunteered for the food bank and for Saturday Sports. Saturday sports is a sporting event for kids in elementary school where we hang out with them and play basketball. I loved both of my experiences. What I enjoyed the most was to see what an impact or change I could make for other people. With the food bank we were able to help pack food packages for families who needed it. With the kids it was to see how happy they all were to have us all there and the interactions I had with all of them.”

“It feels great to be a part of a team that gives back. We want to be relentless on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. It is the least we can do. I know how much it meant to me when I was a kid having college athletes come to talk and play basketball with me. They made a difference in my life, and I hope we do the same for the kids in Saturday Sports.”

Written by: Casey Watkins | Staff Writer

Graphic by: Casey Watkins

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