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Members of the UW Oshkosh football team assisting at a local food bank.

Often times, the holiday season serves as a time of giving and charity.

Within the next month, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh athletes will be joining in the efforts to give to those in need in the Oshkosh area community. Titan teams and their coaches will be volunteering at various locations and raising awareness at special events.

To kick things off, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee began a department-wide food drive as a friendly competition between the UW Oshkosh sports teams. From Nov. 1-20, teams collected as many non-perishable items as possible to donate to the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry.

On Nov. 1, the Titan football team volunteered for a mobile food pantry with Feeding America. Feeding America did not plan to return to Oshkosh until spring; however, the team donated $1,000 to encourage another visit. Now, on Dec. 21, Feeding America, as well as Molina Health Care and Walgreens, will be at the Oshkosh St. Vincent de Paul, located on Jackson Street. Molina Health Care will be collecting winter items, such as hats and gloves. Walgreens will provide free flu shots and Feeding America will distribute food to community members. The Titan football team will once again be participating in this special event from 10 a.m – 1 p.m. All UW Oshkosh teams and their coaches have been invited to help out.

The volunteering doesn’t stop there:

For more information about how you can donate or get involved, please contact Scott Jensen, Marketing and Development Specialist, in the UW Oshkosh Athletics Office at (920) 424-1226.

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