Baylor Athletes Participate in Santa's Workshop

Dec. 9, 2003

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, softball, track, baseball, golf, and tennis played with and distributed gifts to about 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.

Jessica Truglio, Baylor University's community relations coordinator, was excited about this year's successful event.

She said, "I am so thankful we had enough toys for all these kids!"

Glancing over at a group of children, playing with some athletes and carrying their presents, she 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.

"I had so many kids hug me and give me high-fives," said C.J. Wilson, a member of the Baylor football 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 athletes participate in to give back to the Waco community.

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