Nov. 3, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – On Saturday, Nov. 7 the Winston-Salem State University football team will play host to Delaware State University at Bowman Gray Stadium at 1:00 p.m. The Rams will also open their hearts and doors to members of the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission as the WSSU football team invites the WSRM to join them for their pre-game meal and also extends a special invitation to take in the action on the gridiron when the Rams battle the Hornets later that evening.
To some, there may be few similarities between homeless men and members of a high-powered college football program. But, as the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission sees on a daily basis, many people could face the same challenges of the homeless population of the Triad. Through a unique get-together, the Winston-Salem State University football team will get a chance to meet some of the residents of the Rescue Mission.
The mission residents will get a chance for fellowship with the team at 9:00 a.m. as they join the Rams for a pre-game meal on campus at the Kennedy Dining Hall for about an hour before departing later on for the game that afternoon. The event, sure to be an eye-opening occasion for the members of the Ram’s football team and a welcome treat for the Rescue Mission residents, will mark the continuation of a partnership between the WSSU Department of Athletics and the WSRM that was initiated by the WSSU men’s basketball team in February of 2009.
“I often tell my players that we are a blessed group. We are fortunate enough to get three meals a day and all we have to do is go to class, compete and play football” WSSU head football coach Kermit Blount said.
“This is a way for us to give back to the community while at the same time helping to educate our players to the lives of the less fortunate and I am very pleased to have an opportunity to continue this partnership with the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission.”
This initiative of giving is not exclusive to the Winston-Salem State University men’s football team as student-athletes at WSSU find time in their busy schedules to reach out to the community as they prepare for life after their athletic careers at WSSU are over. The Rams and Lady Rams are extremely active in the community; from reading programs to after-school activities, the student-athletes at WSSU firmly believe in giving back to the city of Winston-Salem. In 2008-09, WSSU student-athletes volunteered more than 916 hours, reaching thousands in the local community.
For more information on this event or other Rescue Mission projects, please contact Mike Foster, Development Director with the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission at (336) 723-1848, ext. 121 or via email at email@example.com.
For additional information on WSSU men’s football, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 70-2143 or log on to the Official Website of WSSU Athletics at WSSURams.com.