Baylor Student-Athletes Help with Santa's Workshop

Dec. 6, 2004

WACO, Texas - Baylor athletes from different sports participated in Santa's Workshop Friday, helping less fortunate children celebrate Christmas and making this year another success.

Baylor athletes from football, volleyball, men's basketball, softball, track, cross country, baseball, golf, and tennis played with and distributed gifts to over 1,000 Headstart preschoolers, ages three to five.

Baylor University sponsors the Christmas event every year, which began with a four-week long toy drive throughout the Baylor campus. The toys were collected, wrapped and distributed to children who would not usually have a happy Christmas. The children even enjoyed candy goody bags and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Clifford the Red Dog and Bruiser, the Baylor mascot.

Craig Willie, Baylor's graduate assistant for community relations, was excited about the huge success of this year's event.

He said, "It's so great to see the faces of these kids when we give them the presents!"

Glancing over at a group of children playing with some athletes and carrying their presents, he smiled and added, "This is the best thing we do all year. Look how happy they are!"

Santa's Workshop began at 9 a.m. in the McLane Student Life Center on the Baylor campus and lasted past noon, which seemed too short for the athletes.

"We love doing this kind of stuff," said Stella Odion, a member of the Baylor volleyball team. "I didn't want them to leave because I was having fun. I hope they had a good time, too."

Santa's Workshop is just one of many programs student-athletes participate in to give back to the Waco community.

For more information, please contact Baylor Athletics Community Relations and Marketing at 710-3073.

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