Phil de Montmollin: Sports Information Director
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College student-athletes collected 1,174 non-perishable items for the Bread of Life food bank and community kitchen, "trick-or-treating" through the streets of Brevard, North Carolina on Sunday, October 28. The "Trick or Treat for Cans" initiative, spearheaded by the Brevard College Student Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC), is part of Brevard College Athletics' "Cans Across the Conference" campaign in conjunction with the USA South Conference.
Over 300 Brevard College student-athletes, representing all 21 of BC's varsity sports, went "trick-or-treating" throughout the town of Brevard on Sunday but with a twist. Instead of asking for candy, the Tornados collected donations of canned foods and other non-perishable items from local residents. The result was a record number of donations since Brevard College SAAC began the program a year ago.
The Football team was able to collect the most items, while the BC Cheer and Dance team was able to secure the most items per capita based on the size of every team's roster.
The non-perishable items will be delivered in the coming days by Brevard College student-athletes to the Bread of Life, a food bank and community kitchen which provides nutritious meals for those in need in Transylvania County.
Brevard College SAAC is part of the canned food drive competition amongst the 18 institutions in the USA South Conference. Each campus' SAAC collects cans and other non-perishable items at their school to benefit a local charity. It is up to each institution to decide how they wish to collect and to which group the donation would go. The institution with the most items collected will be crowned the "Cans Across the Conference" Champion.
Last fall, USA South institutions collected 52,456 items, which is the second-highest total in competition history. Over the 14-year history of the program, USA South Conference institutions have donated 441,722 items to various organizations.
The Brevard College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is a group of representatives from each team on campus that meets monthly to participate in leadership development activities and discusses current events going on in the community, on campus, as well as, within their respective teams. The mission of Brevard College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enable student-athletes to participate in developing leadership skills both inside and outside the field of competition, to protect student-athlete well-being, and to provide a vehicle through which athletics department administrators discuss with student-athlete issues regarding the management, operation, and rules that govern the athletics department and its sports' teams.