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Student-Athletes Take Part in MLK Day of Service

University of Memphis student-athletes took part in the MLK Day of Service on Monday and accounted for 325 hours of community service.
University of Memphis student-athletes took part in the MLK Day of Service on Monday and accounted for 325 hours of community service.

Jan. 24, 2013

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While the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service was held on Monday, University of Memphis student-athletes utilized much of the long weekend to serve the community.

Student-athletes representing football, men's soccer, women's soccer, track and field, men's golf, women's golf, softball, baseball and volleyball took part in activities that in one way or another made an impact on others in the Memphis area.

Memphis student-athletes began the weekend last Friday, visiting Arlington Middle School to honor students who were awarded for excellent behavior and attendance during the fall semester.

Highlighting the weekend was service activities on Monday.

Student-athletes got an early start to a chilly Monday morning, helping with the continued beautification of Shelby Farms. Later in the day, other student-athletes volunteered at the National Civil Rights Museum on the museum's busiest days of the year.

All told, University of Memphis student-athletes combined to do 325 hours of community service on Monday.

Let's SAAC Hunger
University of Memphis fans donated more than 10,000 pounds of food during the "Let's SAAC Hunger" program, the Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's conference-wide community service initiative.

Memphis student-athletes collected food to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank.

The Mid-South Food Bank manages a warehouse distribution center with food for agencies, the kids café program which provides food for kids in a restaurant atmosphere in the neighborhoods and food for kids backpack program that allows children to go home with a backpack filled with nutritional food on the weekends.

Memphis collected 10,002 of the 66,375.44 total pounds of food gathered by Conference USA-member schools. The U of M's SAAC chapter finished second to the University of Tulsa which collected more than 12,000 pounds of food.

The C-USA SAAC was formed in 1998. Its committee consists of 12 members (one from each institution) with one member serving as chair and one member as vice chair. The committee meets five times a year including one in-person meeting.

Million Meals Challenge Update
While the University of Memphis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's food collection during one week in early November of last year accounted for its "Let's SAAC Hunger" total, the food was also credited for the ongoing Million Meals Challenge.

To date, the University of Memphis has raised 262,035 meals for the Mid-South Food Bank. Memphis has a slight lead over Ole Miss (244,560 meals raised) and Mississippi State (226,998 meals raised). All told, a total of 733,593 meals have been collected for the challenge which is being coordinated by Kroger.

Memphis fans can visit themillionmealschallenge.com to make a final donation and also have an opportunity to win a VIP college basketball championship experience as well as other prizes including event sideline passes, autographed items and Kroger gift cards.

Fans can also help Memphis stay in the lead as the Challenge closes in on a million meals next month when the Tigers play host to Southern Miss on Feb. 23rd. Fans attending the game are asked to bring a canned food item to the game.

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