WVU Taking Part in Community Service Initiative


By Aly Goodwin Gregg for WVUsports.com
July 15, 2013 12:55 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University football team will make history before even one play of the 2013-14 season.

Up to 90 WVU football players will unite with thousands of other volunteers in southern West Virginia on Friday, July 19, as part of the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative -- the largest community service effort of its kind in U.S. history.

Players will join Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in completing a community service project in Nicholas County West Virginia, focusing on one or more of the following categories: Green-Friendly, Wellness, Construction, Infrastructure and Arts & Education. With the aid of the football team and thousands of other volunteers, more than 350 projects will be completed throughout the five-day effort designed around the National Boy Scout Jamboree near Fayetteville, W.Va.

"This is more than our team coming together to lend a hand for a really worthwhile project," said WVU Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen. "This is something we will all look back on one day and say how proud we were to be a part of it all."

The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCC) is the clearinghouse for this massive service component set to deploy up to 40,000 Scouts and thousands of additional youth volunteers who will perform over 300,000 hours of community service over a 5-day period: July 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23, 2013. Projects will be completed in Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties.

"West Virginia University Football is important to so many West Virginians and the leadership of sending such a significant group is tremendous,” said Robert A. Martin, CEO, CCC. “As ambassadors of WVU, they will be a shining example of the great deal of accomplishment that occurs when we all work together. Every member of Mountaineer Nation all over the world should be extremely proud of the team for its volunteer efforts."

About The Initiative:

The Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative or The Initiative includes a group of community leaders from a nine-county region in southern West Virginia who have identified service project initiatives and community service activities. The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCC) is the clearinghouse for The Initiative which is set to deploy up to 40,000 Scouts and thousands of additional youth volunteers who will perform over 300,000 hours of community service over a 5-day period July 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23, 2013.

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Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative, WVU, West Virginia University, Mountaineer football


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