July 31, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall women's basketball team flexed its community service arm this past weekend by volunteering in the Stewarts Original Hot Dog's 5k Bun Run and "Walk Your Buns Off" Charity Walk.
"It is important to me that our outreach be philanthropically based," commented new head coach Matt Daniel. "We want our program to empower young women to be leaders in the community in order to prepare them for life well after basketball."
The team arrived at Pullman Square early Saturday morning and assisted in the set-up and operations of the charity race.
"Community service has been a part of the Marshall women's basketball program for years," commented sophomore forward Chukwuka Ezeigbo. "The 5k Bun Run gave us an opportunity to represent Marshall, our team, and make our supporters proud."
Proceeds from the race went to the Children's Hospital, which helps to keep the Tri-State's ailing children in their home area to receive care. With 330 registered entrants, the proceeds will go a long way toward helping families to stay together during difficult times.
Not only did the race benefit the Children's Hospital, it also kicked off the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival, which took place all day Saturday at Pullman Plaza.
Coach Daniel plans to keep his team involved in the Huntington community during the upcoming season.
"We will try and do community service projects throughout the year to give back and show our appreciation to this community and use the opportunities to educate the young women in our program," said Daniel.