Upstate Women’s Cross Country Dishes out “Soup”er Service

Upstate Women’s Cross Country Dishes out “Soup”er Service

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's cross country team volunteered at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen Monday, Aug. 15.

The Spartans spent four hours at the SSK Monday. The women's team helped prepare the daily lunch as well as assisting in the set-up and clean-up of the meal. Nine of the 10 team members participated in the service project, interacting with many of the people in attendance. The soup kitchen serves lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"Helping out at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen was a great experience for the women's team," said Carson Blackwelder, interim head coach for the men's and women's cross country teams. "The student-athletes did a great job helping out with whatever was needed. It is important to us to give back to the community in which we live, work and compete. It feels great to be able to give back to the community in such a positive way."

The soup kitchen is an inter-denominational, inter-faith ministry, made up of a partnership of various individuals and organizations across the Upstate. The mission of the soup kitchen is to serve the poor and homeless of the Spartanburg community by sharing the love of God and giving them food for their bodies, kindness for their souls and hope for the future.

The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen was founded in 1982, serving sack lunches to 20-25 homeless men out of the kitchen of the Second Presbyterian Church gymnasium. Now, the SSK serves hot lunches year-round to more than 500 men, women and children in the Spartanburg area.

For more information about the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen and how to get involved visit the SSK website here.

Both Upstate men's and women's cross country teams open the 2011 season Sept. 2, hosting the Eye Opener Invitational. Follow the Spartans this season on Facebook and Twitter.

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