LONGVIEW, Texas – Despite being on campus and in the Longview area for less than one week, the LeTourneau University men’s and women’s cross country teams have been hard at work to help give back to the community while also preparing for the upcoming season.
This past Saturday (Aug 19), members of the YellowJacket cross country teams took a day off from training and teamed up with the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Shelter to volunteer their time with the “Strut Your Mutt 5K/One Mile Wag Walk” and the National Clear the Shelters Day.
Athletes helped out in various roles ranging from dog washing stations, registration for the Wag Walk and other areas that volunteers were needed. The event was held to coincide with the nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need. This event helped over 50,000 pets find their forever homes in 2016 with 65,423 total pets being adopted from over 900 shelters this year. The event, which has been going since 2015, has allowed for 138,834 pets to be adopted into forever homes.
“We had lots of exposure in water stations, dog washing stations, and mainly just volunteering wherever we needed to be,” said head cross country coach Britton Koestler when asked about the experience the team had. “The team had a blast and enjoyed the experience helping in the community while taking part in a great team bonding experience for such a hardworking group of student-athletes.” “Going above and beyond to help others when not asked of us, following the LeTourneau way!”