Tuesday, April 9th a group of student-athletes, led by new SAAC President, Natalie Turk (WGO), visited St. Jude for a guided tour. Student-athletes from women’s golf, softball, women’s soccer, volleyball, track and field and the pom squad spent the afternoon learning about all St. Jude has to offer its patients. In addition to the tour, they learned that St. Jude has an in house blood drive where they motto is “If you can’t give green, give red!” — This illustrated how every single person can give to St. Jude to fulfill its needs to help children with cancer.
Click here to give blood at St. Jude!
“Student-athletes are looked at as role models in the Memphis community so I think it is very important that they try to reach out and spend time with the children at St. Jude. Some of the patients at St. Jude may not be able to play sports anymore or be very active in general due to their treatment and diagnosis so meeting and interacting with their role models, such as Memphis athletes, can completely change their attitude and have such an impact on their lives. A lot of people think that donations are the main source of help, but visits and interactions with other people help in more ways than one.” -St. Jude Tour Guide and Intern
Men’s soccer visited St. Jude on March 20th to sign autographs with the kids being treated at #stjude ! They visited in honor of their Kicks for a Cause event the following Saturday!
March 1st was Read Across America Day. Tiger student-athletes from various sports spent time at schools across Memphis to help celebrate the importance of reading to elementary and middle school children!
“Thanks so much. I truly appreciate everything that the baseball team did Friday. Read Across America Day was very special for our sixth graders. The teachers and students both really enjoyed the event. The baseball players did an outstanding job. They read, signed autographs, took pictures, and answered questions. I was a very proud to be U of M alumni on Friday”
On March 1, members of the Tiger Baseball team visited Kate Bond Middle School to read to them in honor of Read Across America — a national celebration of reading.
Women’s soccer spent Friday, March 22 with Relay for Life! They raised over $400 dollars to help the American Cancer Society find a cure for cancer. Women’s volleyball and softball also stopped by the 12 hour event to show support!
Mens basketball player, DJ, doesn’t waste anytime getting right back in the swing of things. DJ visited Briarcrest Christian Middle School to talk to the kids about the importance of writing!
From BCMS: Shout out to @DdotJAY30 for letting students interview him for our newspaper! Thanks for making kids want to write! http://t.co/kW6LXVUqCE
More photos from Soup Sunday at Youth Villages!
Men’s Football and Volleyball player Alexis Wesley spent a day this past week at Youth Villages Soup Sunday event. The guys and gal spent time playing with the kids, helping serve food and even got to participate in a magic show!
Tiger Athletes from the football team, women’s golf team and men’s and women’s track and field are volunteering today to help raise money by answering phones for the Kix 106 St. Jude Radiothon! Women’s golfer Natalie Turk even got to hang out with Ron Childers too!