CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina Department of Athletics was well represented around the local community this past weekend. Student-athletes along with Paws visited Mission Children's Hospital on Friday afternoon to bring some holiday cheer to the children receiving treatment while another large group participated in the annual Sylva Christmas Parade on Saturday.
Members of the women's golf, women's soccer and baseball teams traveled up to Asheville to visit with the children at Mission Children's Hospital. The group spent quality time with several children and their families and handed out "Prove Your Purple" t-shirts to those they met.
"It is great to give back to those in the community and brighten their day especially during the holiday season," said Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President and women's soccer student-athlete, Courtney Rosu, who participated in both events this past weekend. "Being a student-athlete is more than just stepping on the field and the work you put in, in the classroom. Giving back to the community as an athlete gives myself and my teammates the satisfaction that we are a part of something bigger than Western Carolina Athletics. We are happy to give back and I think most of us get more excited than the kids are, especially when we get to dress up as Olaf!"
Mission Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital in western North Carolina. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, its services include pediatric and adolescent specialty care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, and pediatric and adolescent psychiatric care. Mission Children's Hospital has 130 beds, averages 3,000 patient admissions to its pediatric inpatient units, 4,500 outpatient pediatric surgeries and nearly 14,000 pediatric emergency department visits annually. Each year, approximately 700 ill and premature newborns receive life-saving care in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Mission Children's Hospital is a member of Mission Health, a Top 15 Health System.
Representatives from the volleyball, women's soccer, football, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track & field, women's golf and softball teams all rode in the parade while handing out youth "Prove Your Purple" t-shirts to children in attendance.
The Western Carolina Department of Athletics is proud to call Western North Carolina and Jackson County home. Community service to those in the region continues to be a mainstay of the department and mission of the student-athletes.