Posted by: allisonbarnes | December 28, 2010

UNC Student-Athletes Share Their Holiday

Baseball players Colin Moran, Chase Jones, Jordan Tabakman, and Chris Munnelly with their Adopt-A-Family

The end of December is a busy time of year for student-athletes at UNC. While they continue to train they also have to prepare for finals, which creates a very hectic schedule.  But UNC student-athletes find time to share the Holiday Season with others by participating in Adopt-A-Family.

Adopt-A-Family is a program started by the Salvation Army to match sponsors with impoverished families in need.  Participating in AAF is a long-standing tradition for many athletic teams at UNC, and is something that teams look forward to every year.

“We look forward to Adopt-A-Family; it’s as much a part of our team as winter practice is,” said Chase Jones, Senior Baseball player. “It’s kind of fun seeing a big group of guys walking around Target… it’s like a scavenger hunt for us.”

After teams selected families in the Durham- Chapel Hill area, they were given a  “Holiday Wish List.”  For Junior Swimmer Steve Cebertowicz selecting a family was not hard at all.

“The family we shopped for was a family that consisted of a grandmother raising three of her grandchildren. I was similarly raised by my grandparents. I know it’s not an easy thing for her to do to do and I appreciate what she’s doing for them immensely,” said Cebertowicz.

Teams that participated in Adopt-A-Family were Baseball, Men and Women’s Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey,  Football, Men and Women’s Golf, Gymnastics, Men and Women’s Lacrosse, Rowing,  Women’s Soccer,  Softball,  Swimming & Diving, Women’s Tennis, Track & Field and Volleyball.

One of my favorite things about the Holiday Season is witnessing all the wonderful acts of giving. But UNC student-athletes didn’t just give, they received.  They used this opportunity to bond with one another outside of their sport.

“It gives us all a chance to help out people who are doing good out there and need the help, as well as provide a fun activity for us to bond over. It kinda takes that bonding to another level when you realize you’re doing something for someone else and not for yourself,” said Cerbertowicz.

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