WVU grid players to donate time

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University football team will make history before even one play of the 2013-14 season.

Approximately 90 WVU football players will unite with thousands of other volunteers in southern West Virginia on Friday as part of the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative – the largest community service effort of its kind in U.S. history.

Players will join Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in completing a community service project in Nicholas County West Virginia, focusing on one or more of the following categories: Green-Friendly, Wellness, Construction, Infrastructure and Arts & Education. With the aid of the football team and thousands of other volunteers, more than 350 projects will be completed throughout the five-day effort designed around the National Boy Scout Jamboree near Fayetteville.

“This is more than our team coming together to lend a hand for a really worthwhile project,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “This is something we will all look back on one day and say how proud we were to be a part of it all.”

The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCC) is the clearinghouse for this massive service component set to deploy up to 40,000 Scouts and thousands of additional youth volunteers who will perform over 300,000 hours of community service over a 5-day period: today through Tuesday. Projects will be completed in Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties.