DBU Athletic Teams Take Part in Various MLK Day Service Projects

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Members of the Patriot Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Swim, Hockey, and Cheer Teams took part in various Martin Luther King Day community service projects throughout the Metroplex on Monday, January 16.  DBU coaches and student-athletes partnered with various organizations such as the Dallas Baseball Alliance, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and Mission Arlington on this special day in history.

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Blake Flickner shared,  “In the spirit of Dr. King’s life of courageously fighting for Biblical justice we chose to view the holiday that celebrates his life as a day on, not a day off.  We had the opportunity to serve at Brother Bill’s Helping Hand to help them with their existing facilities.  Brother Bill’s provides basic needs including food and medical assistance, as well as educational help for the poor in west Dallas. We had a great time and I am very impressed with the quality of work they’re doing in their neighborhood.  God is working through the many volunteers and staff members at Brother Bill’s to improve the quality of life for those in their community.”

Head Coach Jacob Phillips and the DBU Men’s and Women’s Track Teams had the opportunity to serve at Mission Arlington, in Arlington, Texas, on Monday amongst several other groups throughout the community.  Coach Phillips had this to say about their experience, “The opportunity to serve within our community is always a great experience, and helping Mission Arlington is something we try to do whenever we get the opportunity as a Track & Field program.  Yesterday we were able to help clean up and do some maintenance work for an apartment complex in Arlington, through Mission Arlington. Hopefully the work we did will enable other families to have an opportunity at finding a home within this complex.”

Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Cathy Kokel, and the Lady Patriot Volleyball Team had the great opportunity to partner with Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, for their MLK Day service project.  Coach Kokel shared, “MLK service day was a great way to start of the spring semester and serve our Lord.  We were able to smile and love on many underprivileged and homeless people at the MLK Day Parade. Some of us picked up trash around the church and MLK Day Parade while others served food to the masses. We served over two thousand bowls of chili and pastries.  It was a precious and humbling experience to me and my team.”

“What a great experience this was for all of the teams that participated in the MLK Day service projects.  We are all very fortunate and privileged to represent Dallas Baptist University and Patriot Athletics in giving back to the community and serving those in need,” stated Assistant Director of Athletics Connor Smith.