Athens, GA - University of Georgia student-athletes made food and monetary contributions totaling 3,307 pounds to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia as part of the Southeastern Conference's fourth annual "Together We CAN" drive.
The SEC's annual league-wide community service project ended on Sept. 26 in record-breaking fashion. The initiative raised more than 240,000 pounds in food and financial contributions, breaking the previous record by almost 100,000 pounds.
For four years, the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has encouraged fans and supporters to spend 10 days donating at sporting events, on campus and in the community. All proceeds from the Drive benefit food
banks and local charities across the SEC's region. After four years, the league's overall total now stands at approximately 478,000 pounds.
³I think the food drive is awesome because it not only shows each school¹s commitment to the ones in need, but also shows the communities¹ support to help out fellow people in need,² said Georgia distance runner Taylor Adams, a member of the SEC's SAAC and co-president of UGA's own SAAC. ³The more we can donate, the more lives we can help impact. Even though we have busy
schedules as student-athletes, we still care about our community and want to help anyway we can. I love that it is an SEC-wide drive because it has the potential to create more supporters from all over the Southeast. It is a
great cause, and I hope that we are able to improve the amount of donations since last year.²
The SEC Together we CAN drive began on September 18. UGA student-athletes began their collection drive that day on campus in conjunction with the Georgia-Arkansas football game. They continued the process the following
weekend at three Bulldog sporting events: Georgia-LSU soccer game on Sept. 24, Georgia-Kansas State Equestrian meet on Sept. 25, and the Georgia-Kentucky volleyball match on Sept. 26.