Student-Athletes Help to Donate over 10,000 Non-Perishable Food Items

Oct. 30, 2007

Lawrence, Kan. — The Homecoming Student Steering Committee’s “Stuff the Bus” event was a huge success this past Saturday and Sunday as more than 30 KU student organizations raised a total of 10,111 non-perishable food items for the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN), which is a local community action agency.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

“All of the students came together to accomplish a goal and we were so pleased that we filled up the shelves at ECKAN,” said Bailey DeReus, who is the Homecoming Community and Campus Outreach Chair. “SAAC set the bar really high with their total donation, and that helped with making the event a huge success.”

KU on Wheels buses were stationed throughout <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Lawrence to collect non-perishable food items for the “Stuff the Bus” event that doubled as a competition amongst the student organizations in an effort to raise the most non-perishable food items.

For the “Stuff the Bus” competition, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) donated a total of 1,925 items to lead the Student Life category. In the Greek Life category, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Delta Delta Delta joined to donate a total of 2,170 items.

Emily Strinden, a senior forward for the KU soccer team, said she was excited that the Homecoming Steering Committee provided the opportunity to participate in the community service project.

“Stuff the Bus was a great collaborative effort of all student-athletes,” said Strinden, who was the chair of the SAAC committee that led the food drive effort. “It just proves that we are a powerful force when we come together to make a positive difference in our community.”

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee comprised of student-athlete representatives from all 16 KU Athletic teams. The purpose of the SAAC is to provide student-athletes the opportunity to communicate more effectively with University of Kansas athletic administration, coaches, and staff. It enables student-athletes to provide recommendations for the improvement of academic, athletic and social experiences. The committee encourages unity, common purpose and camaraderie between teams and among all student-athletes. It also encourages community involvement through service projects and fund-raisers.