Tribe men's soccer team volunteers at Vineyards of Williamsburg 5K
The William and Mary men's soccer team volunteered this past weekend at the Vineyards of Williamsburg 5K race benefiting Child Development Resources, a local charity that provides services to babies, toddlers and their families.
The event was originally scheduled for Aug. 11, but was rescheduled for Aug. 12 due to rain. The soccer team helped primarily with registration and post-run cleanup, according to the athletics department website.
Child Development Resources director Allison Brody said the team's participation in the event was invaluable because so many volunteers could not participate on the rain make-up day.
"Fortunately, the William and Mary Tribe soccer team came out and saved the day for us because we had lost more than half of our volunteers," Brody said in a video on the athletics department website. "It was great to have a bunch of smart, polite players to do just anything we needed done. I don't know what we would have done if they hadn't shown up."
Tribe coach Chris Norris said the players and staff were excited about the opportunity to give back to the community that supports their team.
"Obviously the idea of athletics in higher education sometimes gets a knock, and I think it's really good for our kids to get out into the community and for the people of the community to see that these are really good kids," Norris said in the video. "We were actually really needed, which certainly makes us feel good about being able to help."
The race was held at the Vineyards of Williamsburg Clubhouse, 269 Jockeys Neck Trail.
Child Development Resources was founded in 1966 as a preschool for special needs children, according to its website. Brody said the organization benefits approximately 1,000 children and their families each year.
The Tribe men's soccer team will open its 2012 season at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, against Butler University during a tournament in Richmond.
For more information on the men's soccer schedule, visit tribeatheletics.com or call 757-221-4000.
For additional information on Child Development Resources, visit cdr.org.
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