On April 15, the Kansas State women’s tennis team embarked on a volunteer trip to the Salvation Army donation center. The entire team was present for this event, eager to give back to the community.
Upon arrival, the team members were tasked with organizing Christmas gear at the donation center. They were asked to select items they would purchase, and to separate them from items that did not meet their preferences.
After choosing items they liked, the team members carefully arranged them on the store shelves, helping to make them more accessible to potential shoppers.
The team has engaged in other community service events, but the Salvation Army volunteer work made the biggest impact on the girls.
“We did other services this year, but they were nothing like this one,” freshman Maria Santas said.
Santas said the experience was even better since they had already volunteered together beforehand. Earlier in the semester the team volunteered at Special Olympics Kansas.
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The volunteer work provided an opportunity for the team to give back to the community and enjoy one another’s company.
“It’s another opportunity for us to connect off the court,” junior Aleen Quamar said. “It’s beneficial because it compels us to spend time with one another, communicate and get to know each other better.”
The tennis team will volunteer at a surprise location on Sunday, further strengthening its teamwork and community involvement. The team participating in such initiatives exemplifies commitment to social responsibility and contributes to the betterment of the community while working as K-State student athletes.