The Mizzou Football team traded its helmets for hairnets and spent an afternoon volunteering at the Central Missouri Food Bank.
“We’re just putting cereal into bags and taping them up and putting a little note on there,” linebacker Kentrell Brothers said. “The food bank supports families all over Missouri, so I think it’s good that we can come out here and help them provide for most of Missouri.”
The team had fun while working, dancing and talking as they bagged.
“You know they come to games to support us out here in the community, and we just want to show them that we support them and give back,” wide receiver Jimmie Hunt said.
It was a bonding experience for the team as much as it was an act of volunteering.
“We get to come out here and help the community, but we also get to do it as friends, as teammates, as brothers and learn more about each other while we’re doing it,” Brothers said. “It’s always good to learn more about your teammates’ backgrounds,
and respecting their backgrounds is something that we always preach.”
Another group of players volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and played basketball, four square, foosball and ping-pong with the kids.
A third group of Mizzou Tiger players volunteered at Tree Top Innovative Learning Center, a nonprofit in northern Columbia focused on community building, leadership and learning.
The three volunteer projects were part of the Mizzou Football Community Outreach program.
Click here to see the Mizzou Tigers’ community service picture gallery.