Racer Soccer Gives Back to the Community
By MSU Media Relations
MURRAY, KY - Over the past few months the Murray State soccer team has been busy not just on the field, but also in the community as the Racers have been highly involved with community service this fall.

“It’s important for our student-athletes to be well rounded,” said Head Coach Beth Acreman. “Giving back to the community and interacting with the area is important.”

In September, the Racers raised money for former Southeast Missouri player Meghan Herndon, who passed away earlier this year. Also in September, MSU players collected household items for those in need via the Need Line through the Journey Church in Murray.

On Halloween the Racers helped in Central Park at the Murray Trail of Treats. Where they volunteered with the Journey Church’s Halloween booth where they gave out hot chocolate and popcorn, helped with family pictures and put erasable Halloween tattoos on the kids.

“It was nice for us to get involved with the area,” said freshman forward Pavlina Nepokojova. “It felt great to help out in the community and see the smiles of those we helped.”

At the last Murray State football game against Tennessee State, the soccer team collected canned goods for the Murray Need Line again. Later that day, the Racers traveled to the Glendale Assisted Living Facility where they had a pizza party, played card games and hung out with the residents.

“We had such great support from the fans and the town this season and it’s important to reciprocate that and to give back when we can. I feel that it is necessary for our players to volunteer and get involved in the community as much as possible,” said Acreman.

“We wanted to give back to those that came out and supported us,” said Nepokojova. “I think it was a great experience for all of us on the team and I hope we can do even more next year.”

Published 10:45 AM, Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012
Updated 10:49 AM, Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012

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