Beyond the Playbook: UWS Athletics rings in Week of Giving

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It’s the holiday season and for Yellowjacket athletic teams they are entering there sixth year of the Week of Giving. An event designed to allow University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS) student-athletes the opportunity to give back.

"This is an annual event that our student athletes host and put on. The cool thing about this week is that it’s entirely student led.The kids are the ones getting involved, donating their time, and serving our local community," said Nick Bursik, UWS Athletic Director.

The week features a variety of different activities, from wrapping gifts, caroling for cans and even heading to the local grocery stores to spread cheer.

"We are out here ringing the bell for Salvation Army for UWS athletics, and this is like the second year I’ve done it. So its always pretty fun to get out there and show our face to the community," UWS Baseball player Dante Bender said.

All food and financial donations that the athletes collect this week will go towards and also land on the food shelf at St. Vincent de Paul in Superior.

"As far as I can see a lot of people are coming by throwing a little in the bucket and that’s nice to see," exclaimed Brayden Bender also a UWS baseball player.

As the fall semester ends Yellowjackets Athletic Director Nick Bursik says that the break from sports and academics allows students to be more involved.

"Seeing our student athletes give back, and want to give back, it really makes you proud. Knowing that we have been able to positively impact those who have always supported us is really fun to see."

You can be a part of the giving too by donating goods to the Toys for Tots and Winter Clothing drive at all UWS home games through December 11th.