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APSU sports teams donate canned food

Student athletes from Austin Peay State University presented the Salvation Army with 1,501 canned food items this holiday season after an intense competition among the schools sports teams.

Earlier this fall, the Universitys Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) coordinated a canned food drive, sponsored by the Ohio Valley Conference, but this year, APSU decided to make it interesting. Harnessing the natural competitive skills of its athletes, the SAAC tasked each sports team with collecting the most canned foods at home sporting events.
Student athletes from Austin Peay State University presented the Salvation Army with 1,501 canned food items this holiday season after an intense competition among the school's sports teams.

Earlier this fall, the University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) coordinated a canned food drive, sponsored by the Ohio Valley Conference, but this year, APSU decided to make it interesting. Harnessing the natural competitive skills of its athletes, the SAAC tasked each sport's team with collecting the most canned foods at home sporting events.

For 10 days in November, student athletes scrambled to outdo each other by collecting more food items at different events. Ultimately, APSU's softball team won the competition with 450 cans, but all the teams helped to push the total number of items collected to more than 1,500.

The donated food items will help provide meals to individuals and families in need this holiday season.

Other APSU totals include women's golf team, 294 cans; women's soccer team, 257 cans; women's track and cross country teams, 132 cans; men's golf and cross country teams, 91 cans; baseball team, 80 cans; men's tennis team, 10 cans; volleyball team, eight cans; men's basketball team, eight cans; and general donation collections at sporting events, 171 cans. -- Charles Booth