MOC Athletics Assists In Renovations At Area Food Bank/Community Center
The Mount Olive College athletics department traded sports equipment for paint brushes and brooms as coaches and staff members assisted in renovations at the Mount Olive location of ADLA, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves families and youth. ADLA – "A Lot of Direction, Love and Affection" – provides meals to area families and provides educational and afterschool programs for area youth.
MOC athletics staff members and coaches joined area church groups, youth groups and other volunteers in painting rooms that will be used as food banks. ADLA's food banks assist 50-60 people daily.
The project itself was initiated by the First Baptist Church of Mount Olive. The MOC athletics department's volunteer effort was organized by assistant athletics director LaToya Lindsey.
"Mount Olive College is a member of the NCAA Life Skills Program and one element of this program is a focus on community service" said Lindsey. "We ask our teams to give back to the community through service, and we have to lead by example."
Lindsey added, "It was rewarding to know that the coaches and athletic staff took time to give back. Our small part in painting and cleaning will make a huge impact on several residents in the community."
Joining Lindsey in the activity were director of athletics Jeff Eisen, head men's/women's tennis coach Kevin Coghill, assistant men's soccer coach Jordan Germano, assistant cross country/track and field coach Jackie Kirby, head men's soccer coach Godfrey Miller, athletics administrative assistant Tina Parks and sports information director David Shulimson.
Also on hand was Trojan alum and All-Conference Carolinas men's soccer goalkeeper Chase Smith, who led a youth church group.
MOC Athletics first worked with ADLA two years ago when coaches and staff members assisted with preparing, serving and delivering meals as part of the athletics department's annual staff retreat.
ADLA's mission is featured on its website: "The mission of ADLA is to help our youth acquire the needed behavior and employability skills to function in a changing global society and promote the understanding and the practice of the universal values of honesty, integrity, and respect in all we do."
ADLA's Mount Olive location is at 612 N. Breazeale Avenue in the former Carver Elementary School. ADLA's corporate office is located at 801-A Poplar Street in Goldsboro. ADLA welcomes volunteers and donations.
(Pictured above right: Jordan Germano. Pictured below: Kevin Coghill.)