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King Tornado Men’s Soccer Team Volunteers with Holston Habitat for Humanity

BRISTOL, Tenn., February 6, 2017 – The King University men’s soccer team came together for a day of service at Holston Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Johnson City, Tenn., on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’” Although the University was closed in observance of MLK Jr. Day, members of the King’s men’s soccer team volunteered throughout the day, working on the construction of walls for a new home that would soon be built in the local community. By day’s end, six walls had been completed and loaded for transport to the new home site.

Men’s soccer Head Coach Talon Stroud says this volunteer project was one of the more major service projects outside of King for the men’s soccer team. “One of the biggest reasons I want my soccer players to participate in volunteering is to give back to the community. King is a school that has close ties to the community, especially the Bristol community and the Tri-Cities.

“It is important for our guys to understand the community in which we serve and the people we are surrounded by,” added Stroud. “It is also important for my student-athletes to get outside themselves. Many times at college it is easy for athletes to do their sport, practice, and their classes, and that be it. These volunteer opportunities are great; it helps to push our student-athletes outside their comfort zone and give back to those who might need help.”

King freshman and soccer athlete Marzuwq Bholai said, “It is important to do volunteer work in the community like helping Habitat for Humanity because giving back and helping the less fortunate is the right thing to do when you are given the opportunity. Also, being able to commit a few hours of your time is worth it when you get to help someone in need be happy for a long period of time.”

In addition to the Holston Habitat for Humanity project, King’s men’s soccer team, along with other King Tornado teams, volunteer regularly with after school programs in local schools.

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