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CHARLOTTESVILLE-Members of the Virginia men’s and women’s basketball teams recently participated in a community service project entitled “Get Fit With the Cavs.” The student-athletes volunteered their time at the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville.

The team members interacted with children at the club, teaching different skills and athletic activities including passing and dribbling.

“Whenever we’re able to give back to the community that supports us, that is time well spent,” women’s head coach Joanne Boyle said. “When it comes to projects like this, I think our players get just as much out of it as the young people they are spending time with.”

The project leader was strength and conditioning summer intern Matthew Fife. Head strength and conditioning coach for men’s and women’s basketball Mike Curtis was also on hand to participate.

“It’s always fun to get a chance to work with kids at the Boys and Girls Club,” said forward Akil Mitchell of the men’s basketball team. “Especially teaching them things about staying fit and staying in shape. It feels good to give back to the community and a lot of the kids really appreciate doing things like this.”

Members of the basketball teams signed autographs and posed for pictures after the activities.

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