Meridian - Each year Meridian Community College spends a day giving back to the community. My College Cares is an annual community service day that provides an opportunity for MCC to show the community how much it cares and appreciates them. MCC athletes jumped at the opportunity to be a part of such a special day.
Several teams had an opportunity to go into some local elementary schools and spend the day reading to children. Freshman, Torenzo Williams said, "I enjoyed bonding with the kids while reading to them and getting to know them." The men's and women's soccer teams had a chance to visit West Lauderdale Elementary, while the men's and women's basketball team went to Southeast Lauderdale Elementary. Sophomore basketball player Jalyon Powell said, " Just seeing the kids fill up with excitment when we got there made my day."
The baseball team went to Merrehope to lend a hand with some much needed yardwork and overall cleaning. "Merrehope is one of the most famous landmarks in Meridian and it's nice to be able to help spruce up the place some", said Coach Dillon Sudduth. Sophomore Donovan Shows said, " It was a great experience to help clean up and give back to the community that gives so much support to the school, our athletics, and especially the baseball team. Sudduth added, "We enjoy getting out in our community and lending a hand."
The men's and women's tennis teams had a chance to visit Collinsville United Methodist Church. Coach Simon Bardell said, "The ladies were responsible for cleaning the inside of the church and reorganizing the preacher's office, while the men's team were responsible for yard work in the cemetery as well as cleaning the exterior walls of the church.
Finally, the softball team got to help with Habitat for Humanity. "The ladies were quite busy helping build and clean two different homes", said Coach Faith Robinson. They caulked and nailed baseboards, painted, did some yard work and lots of cleaning. Sophomore Keyara Hinton, said, "It was really rewarding to see the house we worked on last year finally complete!" The lady eagle softball team has helped with Habitat for Humanity for the past 3 years. Coach Robinson said, " Meeting the family that is going to move into this house has made working on this project even more emotional and rewarding."