ETSU Athletics hosts "A Buccaneer Christmas"
Softball players Katie Henderson and Trisha Massenzo, along with women's soccer player Kelly Brinkman interact with one of the children on Tuesday night.
Softball players Katie Henderson and Trisha Massenzo, along with women's soccer player Kelly Brinkman interact with one of the children on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 8, 2009) - Santa and his elves made a surprise visit to the Mini Dome on Tuesday evening, as the ETSU Athletic Department partnered with Coalition for Kids to celebrate "A Buccaneer Christmas."


This annual "ABC" event - which is held for local children in need - had a lot of groups assisting in putting together the special celebration including: ETSU Athletics, the Alcohol Awareness Task Force, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), S&M Amusements and Clarence Mabe.


Tuesday's one-hour event began at 6 p.m. with 45 to 60 children from Coalition for Kids entering the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center to interact with ETSU student-athletes and meet Santa. The children were fed dinner and also given the chance to decorate cookies while waiting for Santa to arrive inside the Mini Dome.


Once Santa and his elves arrived, the children were escorted by ETSU student-athletes to sit on his lap and receive a special gift from Kris Kringle.


"A Buccaneer Christmas is such a great opportunity to teach our student-athletes the true meaning of Christmas," said ETSU's Director of Academic Services Bob Baker. "We are all very fortunate and sometimes guilty of taking that for granted. This event, spearheaded by Coach Lee Morrow and Clarence Mabe, is a true blessing to be able to have organizations like S&M Amusements, Coalition for Kids, the Alcohol Awareness Task Force, Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and the ETSU Athletics Department join together to make this special event possible for these children."


The gifts for the year's event were all donated by Clarence Mabe from S&M Amusements.


The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics takes pride in its community service activities and strives for 100 percent participation from its student-athletes, coaches and administrators throughout the year.


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