MLK Day of Service 2020

Posted Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 10:25 PM

Author: Guilherme Hiray Leal

Learning how to ride a bike, kicking Tae Kwon Do paddles, and being introduced to Rock Climbing were just some of the activities the Sport Clubs provided kids during their 2nd annual MLK Day of Service at the Academic Center of Excellence.

With the support of the Sport Club Council and Volunteer UCF, the second edition of the event was more than just a field trip. Clubs brought their equipment and showed excitement throughout the whole day presenting their sports to community members and students alike.

As the kids started to come, the atmosphere was buzzing full of passion and energy. Curiosity became their partners for the rest of the day as they went from playing traditional soccer to engaging wheelchair tennis.

“It is very important to promote a healthy lifestyle,” said Enrique Suarez, president of the Tae Kwon Do Club at UCF, “so showing kids that there are different ways of
achieving that through the different sports that we offer is just an awesome thing.”

Sophie Boudette, president of Knight Runners at UCF, said it was also a great opportunity for team bonding by showing the kids that they work together.

With 466 club students in attendance, the teams had a chance to meet fellow Sport Club members and have a little taste of what their sports have to offer.

But the most important takeaway was what the community felt the positive impact of the UCF Sport Club program.

“It is a date we can’t wait for every year,” said Shannon Currie, the Community School Director. “It is helping the kids make memories and giving them something to look forward to.”

Sport Clubs Group Photo