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Tribe Menís Gymnastics Sponsors Local Food Drive
Updated: Friday 01/19/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Jan. 19, 2012) - The William and Mary men's gymnastics program has a long tradition of excelling athletically, academically and in the community. This year's team continued to build upon that tradition by sponsoring its annual food drive, which collected 2,700 pounds of canned goods for the local FISH food bank.

"The canned food drive is one of the ways in which our gymnasts try to give something back to the community that has been so supportive in helping to make their time at William and Mary so special," head coach Cliff Gauthier said. "It is quite rewarding to see how many households step up to help in the community."

This year's drive was conducted over a two-week span, as the team distributed flyers throughout the Williamsburg area in early January before collecting the donations last Sunday. 

This winter marks the fourth year that W&M has sponsored a food drive benefiting FISH. During that span, the Tribe has collected more than 8,400 pounds of food for the organization.

"The canned food drive is always something our team looks forward to coming back from winter break," senior Steve Deutsch said. "Not only is it a great opportunity to help serve the Williamsburg community, but it's also a constructive team bonding experience."

The FISH volunteer food pantry serves hundreds of clients each month by providing emergency food, clothing and transportation services.

W&M will open the 2012 season at the Navy Open this Saturday at 2 p.m. The Tribe's home opener is slated for the following weekend when it hosts the State Open at Kaplan Arena on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m.

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