September 11, 2013
It was a win-win all around as Albion residents showed up in force to celebrate the College's Community Day on September 7. While a big focus was the first night football game (and first win under the lights) at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium, the community also scored big, donating nearly 700 pounds of food for Albion's Food Bank.
"The food drive was much more than we expected," said Scott Draper, assistant athletic director and director of development. "There's a lot of passion in this city for supporting all members of the community. We're grateful to Albion Innovation and for everyone who supported the food drive as well as Briton football."
Scott Brown, president of Albion Innovation (AI), noted that the Community Day food drive will directly support AI's Food for Thought program. "One in five kids nationwide lives in a home where food isn't consistently available," he said, explaining that Food for Thought provides food for children to eat on weekends. "We're getting to the most at-risk children," said Brown. "Everything helps tremendously, and what the College did is especially cool."
Just before the game's kickoff at 6 p.m., the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) also received a $4,000 grant from the Albion Community Foundation in support of its sports clinics program for area children. Senior Associate Athletic Director Melissa Walton noted that 1,000 area kids attended SAAC's sports clinics last year, while students in SAAC and on Albion's sports teams gave some 1,200 volunteer hours to the clinics alone.
Walton further noted that SAAC members and varsity athletes performed more than 300 hours of volunteer service just on Community Day, running the kids' carnival and working on the Victory for Kids playground maintenance.