JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Atlantic Sun action is nearly here, but before that begins, the Jacksonville University men’s basketball team got into the holiday spirit by volunteering at the St. Francis Soup Kitchen on Saturday morning.
Two groups of coaches and players arrived at separate times at the downtown location. The earlier group handed out shoes to the needy, and then began to prep the kitchen while handing out sandwiches and tea. Once the second group arrived, lunch was ready to be served. They then passed out clothes and groceries before helping to clean up once the lunch was finished.
“When these young men come to Jacksonville University, we try to teach them more than just basketball,” said Head Coach Cliff Warren. “It’s the holiday season and we understand that not everyone is as fortunate as we are, so we’re here to lend a helping hand. I think that it further illustrates to our guys to appreciate what they have.”
The St. Francis Soup Kitchen began more than 30 years ago in downtown Jacksonville. The group relies solely on volunteers and donations to serve the poor and homeless of the city every Saturday. If you would like to help, please visit the St. Francis Soup Kitchen website.