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Regional Championship Food Drive

Coach Champion delivers food to Hope Children's Home.
The National Christian College Athletic Association is more than a symposium of athletes; the NCCAA is a charitable organization that strives to enrich the lives of athletes through community service in addition to awarding championship titles. Clearwater Christian College had the privilege of hosting the 2011 food drive in conjunction with the South Region Championships held at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater.

Over the last two years, food drives have become a standard event at regional championships across the country. The NCCAA has donated over 21,250 pounds of food and over $3,500 to shelters and food pantries nationwide.  According to the NCCAA website, last year’s drive collected over 14,000 pounds (7 tons) of food, over $2,500 in cash, and 1,300 pounds of clothes.

Tubs were set up to collect boxed and canned goods at both soccer and volleyball tournaments.
Keith Champion, assistant athletic director, said, “Each region and team in the NCCAA are made aware of the food drive. As a coaching staff, we decided that our food would go to the Hope Children’s Home in Tampa. After that decision was made, we sent personal emails to region coaches so that they would encourage participation with their athletes. We also promoted the drive in chapel and through team events.” This year, the South Region alone collected over 375 pounds of food.

Mr. Champion was able to deliver the food to Hope Children’s Home. “As the person who got to deliver the food to the Children’s Home, I think I received the biggest blessing of all,” he said. “To see the faces of the children light up as they looked over all the food items was worth it all. I was truly blessed to be the person that headed up this Christian service project for the NCCAA’s South Region.”