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Bison track and field student-athletes return to Covenant House, donate warm clothing

Bison track and field student-athletes return to Covenant House, donate warm clothing
WASHINGTON – Several members of the Gallaudet University men's and women's track and field team came together and turned their attention from running to the community. On February 25, head coach Mikaela Gardner took her student-athletes to the Covenant House, for a second visit this year, in Southeast D.C., where they collected an entire carload of winter jackets, tops, pants, shoes for the homeless youth served by Covenant House.

The Covenant House was established in 1995 with the profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Covenant House is the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked and exploited youth.

Three student-athletes had the opportunity to spend the day at Covenant House, touring the facility and enjoying lunch with several of the youth at the center. Bianca Hardin, Kaneesha Stallworth and John Isaacson were amongst those who attended. The student-athlete ambassadors had the privilege to connect with one of the young ladies, who was a child of a death adult, as she welcomed them to the Covenant House with an American Sign Language greeting.

The time spent at Covenant House was eye opening for the student-athletes who attended. It was not only a great experience, but also it left the athletes touched and thankful for the opportunity to return and offer their time.

"To see how much progress the youth have made since the last time the team had volunteered, and the chance to meet new folks was truly inspirational to all involved. They walked away with a new sense of thankfulness, learning to appreciate what they have," said Gardner.

The GU track and field program is looking forward to returning to the Covenant House over spring break, continuing to build a lasting relationship with everyone there.