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Nov. 5, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Student-athletes at the University of Virginia, like student-athletes around the nation, have plenty to occupy their time. Between classes, studying, practice and competition, their days are normally quite full.

Yet members of many UVa intercollegiate athletic teams made time recently to participate in National Make A Difference Week. From apple gleaning to a community clean-up in Esmont, UVa teams have been making a difference in the community.

Last month members of the women’s tennis team participated in an apple gleaning project. Members of several UVa athletic teams participated in the community-wide clean-up and fix-up in Esmont. Members of the baseball, cross country, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball and wrestling teams participated in that effort.

Also last month, two members of the men’s basketball team went to the Culpeper Regional Juvenile Correctional Facility for a basketball workshop, three members of the men’s soccer team participated in a soccer clinic at Burnley-Moran Elementary School and several members of the football team visited the The Cedars Nursing Home. Members of the women’s soccer team went to ElderCare Gardens Nursing home, and members of the women’s tennis, golf and men’s and women’s track and field teams helped manage booths and games for a carnival at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School. Members of the rowing team visited children at the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center.

Earlier this fall, the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams sponsored and worked at the Pepsi 10K run for Special Olympics. The teams are also sponsoring a blood drive this month.

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