Sept. 13, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Members of the UAB men's basketball team spent time giving back to the community on Friday as several players volunteered at the downtown Ronald McDonald House.
A group of UAB men's basketball players that included Fahro Alihodzic, Karl Moton, Preston Purifoy and K.C. Whitaker went to the Ronald McDonald House to help move furniture. The four Blazers spent most of the morning moving and replacing old beds.
“It was hard work today! The guys showed up and jumped right in carrying mattresses and box frames and setting up beds in the rooms that needed them," UAB Director of Student-Athlete Support Services Justin Mackey said. "I think they really enjoyed getting to do some manual labor and joke around with the fantastic staff members at the Ronald McDonald House.”
Today's community service effort represented one of many projects the Blazers will participate in during their time at UAB. Just last week, Blazer men's basketball players had an opportunity to run in the Miles For Smiles Fun Run to help raise money for a local dental clinic.
“Today was a great opportunity for us to build on an important relationship with Ronald McDonald House of Alabama and help out in the Birmingham community," Mackey said. "We look forward to finding many more opportunities for our student-athletes to get involved locally and help others in need.”
The Ronald McDonald House is designed to provide comfort and care for children and their families. Its mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of a child.