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Women's basketball player Shellie Mossman was a participant in the Adopt-a-Family program during the holidays.
Courtesy: Athletics Communications

Student-athletes Make a Holiday Difference

Release: 01/25/2008
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AMES, Iowa -- While some Iowa State student-athletes were busy winning over Christmas break, other Cyclones were busy giving back to the community.  ISU student-athletes participated in the Youth and Shelter Services Inc. Adopt-A-Family program for the 2007 holiday season.  Every Cyclone athletics team adopted a local Ames family.  Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members piloted the effort by raising the money needed, then shopping for a gift for each individual family member.

“Each team was paired with another team and assigned a family to buy for,” Iowa State volleyball player Amy Vos said. “There was a list of items that the family requested. We went and bought some things on the list.”

Receiving an opportunity to help is all that many needed to leap into action.  Cyclone student-athletes were tasked with getting their peers to participate.

“Each SAAC representative was responsible for raising money from their teammates,” Vos said.  “My team was very generous and glad it could help out.”

The Iowa State student-athletes that helped manage the Adopt-A-Family effort included: Amanda Bradberry (softball), Ashley Kent (gymnastics), Eric Lindquist (men’s golf), Shellie Mosman (women’s basketball), Victoria Sefansen (women’s golf), Melanie Tham (gymnastics), Amy Vos (volleyball), Brittanie Waddell (soccer), and Alex Whitesell (men’s track).
"We just wanted the opportunity to help out in the community," Bradberry said.  "We  tried to make the holidays a little brighter."
The Cyclone student-athletes wrapped and presented $400 in gifts to Ames families.  The ISU participants felt this was a good cause and knew that helping would have great benefits.
"The most rewarding aspect is knowing that in this town that does so much to support us, we can give back and support someone else," Bradberry said. "Also, just knowing we could make someone's Christmas a little brighter or put a smile on their face for a couple days is extremely rewarding."
The Iowa State student-athletes worked hard at a time of the year when many are often only on the receiving end of good will.   SAAC members worked hard at organizing their teammate’s efforts at charitable work and this project certainly paid off.  These Cyclones, with help from their teammates, have thanked Ames for its excellent support through hard work during the holiday season.

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