Xavier Student Athletes Head Downtown to Volunteer at City Gospel Mission

Xavier athletes volunteer at City Gospel Mission

Xavier athletes volunteer at City Gospel Mission

Jan. 21, 2014

CINCINNATI - Last month Xavier student athletes from several different teams traveled downtown to the City Gospel Mission to serve dinner to the local community. City Gospel Mission, located on Elm Street in downtown Cincinnati, serves more than 139,000 nutritious meals and provides more than 29,000 nights of safe shelter each year.

City Gospel Mission strives to aid and empower those in need so that they may achieve long-term self-sufficiency and overcome difficult life conditions. During the holidays, the mission provides more than 3,000 families with a Thanksgiving food basket, and provides a party and gifts for more than 120 senior women at their Christmas Boutique.

Senior soccer player and SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) vice-president Andy Kaplan organized the group that traveled down to City Gospel Mission.

"Everyone had a really great time," Kaplan said. "We didn't just serve food, a lot of us got to talk and interact with people that came into the mission, which really opened our eyes to some serious life challenges that many people in our community are going through. I think experiences like this help to remind us how fortunate we are, and we were pleased to help those in need."

To learn more about City Gospel Mission and volunteer opportunities visit: http://citygospelmission.org