The women's basketball team joined the GSU Civic Engagement Office to volunteer in the community on Saturday, August 27.
Some members of the team were sent to the Cafe 458 at 458 Edgewood Avenue to help stock and organize the supply room. The Cafe is part of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (formerly Samaritan House) and serves as the city's only restaurant for homeless individuals during weekday mornings. Founded in 1988 near the MLK Center, the Cafe serves the homeless before serving the paying public later in the day. It gives a warm, caring environment that fosters a sense of dignity for the homeless, many using services at nearby Grady Hospital. In contrast to "homeless soup kitchens," the Cafe is "reservation only" to those that have been referred by a social service agency.
Others members of the team were sent to a library to help organize and stock those shelves.
The Community Plunge organizes students to give service to the nearby community and make a positive difference. It still involved teamwork and helping one another, just like in the sport.
GSU athletics set a goal to break last year's 5,000 hours of community service time during the school year by all the student-athletes.