The ORU men’s and women’s basketball teams are striving to close the gap between the non-athletes and those that play the game they love through something that everyone loves: pizza.
In an attempt to show their “softer” side, the men’s and women’s basketball teams personally delivered boxes of Mazzios pizza to each and every floor during community meeting last night.
“It was such a nice gesture; it’s nice to know they appreciate us as much as we appreciate them. They’re rock stars,” said transfer student Brittany Douthitt.
Aside from encouraging students to come out and support their team at the games, this opportunity provided a chance for each athlete to meet and greet some fellow students that might normally get overlooked.
“We just wanted to say thank you for all the support. We really appreciate you and hope to see more of you at the games,” said junior forward Detti Balla.
With their seasons just beginning, the basketball teams hope this gesture of goodwill will be returned in the form of students showing their support at both the men’s and women’s games.
“We need all the support we can get. It’s always a good feeling to play in front of a home crowd that’s loud…and a few familiar faces is always nice too,” said guard Jenni Bryan of the Lady Golden Eagles.
Despite busy schedules, practices, weights and being on the road, the athletes are doing their part to get involved.
Beginning with their participation in Fall Outreach and, now, delivering pizzas to the entire student body, this class of athletes is making a name for themselves in a more united, positive way.
“I really hope the student body sees how much our support means to them,” said ORU student Jazlin Asencio.
“They work hard to represent our school, and I know supporting them at their games really means a lot.”