Brittany Wadsworth takes some time to read with one of the children
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team spent some time last Friday serving the community at the Community Cooperative Ministries Incorporated Soup Kitchen on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Fort Myers. The CCMI soup kitchen serves lunch six days a week to homeless and at-risk individuals and families. The team spent four hours preparing and serving lunch alongside other volunteers. They left from the university early Friday morning, and stayed until the kitchen closed down following lunch. In addition to serving food, the girls also spent some time playing games and reading with the young children.
This is not the first time the team has gone out into the community to provide some unselfish service; last month they traveled to Immokalee to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. In addition, this Friday they will be spending some time at the Senior Friendship Center in Fort Myers, where they will play bingo and do exercises with the elderly residents.
All in all, the team will have accumulated over 100 hours of community service over the last two months. First-year head coach Jennifer Gabou plans to continue building up this foundation of community service in her team. “My focus as a coach,” she says, “is not only to train my players for competition but more importantly to prepare them for the world that awaits them outside of our University walls. They are tremendous ambassadors for our program and have made FGCU proud this semester through their service.”