The holiday season is the time of year where we are thankful for all that we have been blessed with in life. It is also a time of giving, and at Temple, we look to instill in our student athletes a sense of being part of the overall community.
I think it is important for all teams, all college athletes, to find some type of community service that they can attach themselves to. For us it has been our great relationship with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program where we can
actually make an impact on a young person's life.
There is only one person who is going to be more impacted than that young child from inner city Philadelphia and that person is the student athlete himself. He is going to get a sense of what it means to give back and it will make a great impression on him. He is a pretty lucky guy and he has to give some of that luck back to the community and that is what we hope to do when we do our community service work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
It is a great time of year to remind ourselves that there are many people a lot less fortunate than we are. We certainly bring it more into focus this time of year.