ETSU cross country and track and field teams perform community service work
ETSU cross country and track and field teams perform community service work
Monday, September 23, 2019

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 23, 2019) – The ETSU cross country and track and field programs both spent time volunteering at local community events earlier this month.

The Buccaneer cross country runners helped at the American Heart Association Walk back on Sunday, Sept. 15 on ETSU’s campus, while the track and field student-athletes participated in the Umoja Festival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 14.

At the American Heart Association Walk, members of the ETSU cross country teams were guides along the walking path to help support the participants. During the Umoja Parade, the track and field representatives walked along a designated route.

“Our kids have done a good job of being enthusiastic about their opportunity to participate in our community service events,” said head coach George Watts. “Coach (Steven) Sanchez has done a great job organizing the events.  We look forward to getting out in Johnson City as the fall progresses and helping out in any we can.”

Junior Josh Routh (Johnson City, Tenn.) enjoyed volunteering at the American Heart Association Walk.

“Giving back to the community is a huge part of what our teams strive to do,” said Routh. “We all truly enjoy the opportunity to not only give back, but to also represent the team and the university in a positive manner. The team feels it is crucial to give back to the community that shows the utmost support to the team and the university each year.”

Senior Neyasha Honorable (Knoxville, Tenn.), who participated in the parade, also knows the community always backs the Bucs, so it’s always important to give back to them. 

“Our community does a great job supporting us, so giving back should always stay at the top of our list,” said Honorable. 

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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