N.C.) – The holidays are a
time to give thanks and appreciate the blessings in one's life. The
members of the USA South Athletic Conference Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee (SAAC) realized that not everyone is as
fortunate as they are and wanted to do something to help make it a
happier holiday in their communities. And so Cans Across the
Conference was initiated in 2004.
SAAC organized the canned food drive as a community service competition amongst the ten institutions in the USA South. Each campus SAAC collected cans and other non-perishable items at their school to benefit a local charity. It was up to each institution to decide how they wanted to collect and to which group the donation would go. The institution with the most items collected would be crowned the Cans Across the Conference Champion.
Overall, the USA South institutions collected a Conference-record 64,477 items, shattering the old record set last year by 35,174! Over the seven-year history of the program, USA South Conference institutions have donated 178,704 items to various organizations. With a grand total of 46,850 items, Christopher Newport University is the Cans Across the Conference Champion for 2010. The Captains are winners for the third time and will be presented the Cans Across the Conference Trophy at a later date. Last year's winner, Shenandoah University collected 6,662 items to finish second while Ferrum's 4,160 items rounded out the top-three.
Below is a list of the local organizations where the USA South institutions donated their collections:
Averett University - God's Storehouse, a food bank for the less
fortunate in Danville, Virginia.
Christopher Newport University - Virginia Peninsula Food Bank in Newport News, Virginia.
Ferrum College - The St. James Center in Ferrum, Virginia.
Greensboro College - Urban Ministry of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Mary Baldwin College - Blue Ridge, Virginia-Area Food Bank.
Meredith College - Raleigh, North Carolina Rescue Mission in support of their "Feed Raleigh Full" program.
Methodist University - Fayetteville, North Carolina Urban Ministry.
N.C. Wesleyan College - Rocky Mount, North Carolina Englewood Presbyterian Church Food Pantry.
Peace College - Raleigh, North Carolina Urban Ministry.
Shenandoah University - Salvation Army of the northern Shenandoah Valley.