BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – Approximately 575 Easter eggs were filled Tuesday afternoon by 206 West Virginia Wesleyan College student-athletes and coaches. The eggs will include small Easter tokens and a friendly note and be distributed to children in Upshur County via Mountain CAP Creative Beginnings, the Child Development Center of Central WV, Headstart and every pre-K and kindergarten classroom in Upshur County.
Jessica Vincent, executive director of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, said the project honors the community engagement pillar under Division II Day – a day NCAA Division II is celebrating the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on their campus and in their communities.
“Our goal is to help provide an outlet for so many of our athletes who we know are often willing to serve when a need exists,” she said.
Approximately 13 student-athletes already complete a weekly five to six-hour commitment to service through the Wesleyan Service Scholar or WE LEAD programs. Teams also participate in community service activities throughout the academic year.
After assistance from student-athletes in filling the eggs, CCE students will handle the final details and assist in delivering the eggs to community partners.