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University of Memphis Student-Athletes Volunteer at Hanley Elementary School

Senior quarterback Jacob Karam was one of several University of Memphis student-athletes to help build a playground last week at Hanley Elementary School.
Senior quarterback Jacob Karam was one of several University of Memphis student-athletes to help build a playground last week at Hanley Elementary School.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -Several University of Memphis student-athletes volunteered their time last week to help 200 volunteers build a playground at Hanley Elementary in the Orange Mound community.

Aspire Public Schools, which aims for every student in their schools to obtain a college education, partnered with KaBOOM!, which is a national non-profit organization that helps create playspaces, to run the one-day project. Aspire currently serves 12,000 students in grades K-12 in six cities in California, and will begin operating in Memphis for the 2013-14 academic year.

"I feel like this is an amazing opportunity to have so many people under one cause, and that cause to provide an amazing playspace for children right here in the Orange Mound community," said Aspire Public Schools Community Outreach & Partnerships Manager Nick Manning. "This is what true citizenship is about."

Freshman defensive lineman Carl Mitchellwas one Tiger who arrived at Hanley in the early morning hours last Friday to help complete the project.

"It's been fun. I'm from Memphis so I love helping out the community and giving back," Mitchell said.

Several other Memphis football players including senior quarterback Jacob Karam and senior offensive lineman Antonio Fosterwere out to volunteer their time at Hanley Elementary, which is located less than a mile from the Tigers' home field, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

"It's fun being hands-on and giving back to the community," Karam said. "As college football players, we're put on a great platform. It's exciting to come out here and get involved with the community."

"It's real fun being out here and keeping in the back of our head that we're helping out the children of Hanley Elementary," Foster said. "They told us about this and we just jumped to it."

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