West Liberty Athletic Training Students Practice Giving Back

Before heading home for the holidays, West Liberty University students who are members of the Athletic Training Club practiced a little giving back to the community.

“The students organized a charity event for those in need and invited the public to bring new toys and winter gifts to campus throughout December and place them under the big Christmas tree displayed on the second floor of the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex,” Hannah Harnar said. The gifts were donated to the YWCA Wheeling, the House of Carpenter and the Laughlin Memorial Chapel.

Harnar is a full-time faculty member in the Athletic Training department, now in her third year at WLU. She also is co-adviser for the club. Clinical instructor and athletic trainer Amber Helphenstine is the other adviser.

The AT Club performs outreach to the campus and the community in ways that help the college students learn skills that will be useful to them in their careers. Club members include president Alissa Quiroz of Bellaire; vice President Kelsey Hardman or Wheeling; treasurer Taylor Ammons of Washington, Pa., and secretary Abby Collins of Bethesda.

“Christmas should be a time of happiness and enjoyment. Donations like this really help families who may be experiencing hard times due to domestic violence during the holiday,” said Patricia Flanigan, program director for the Family Violence Prevention Program at YWCA Wheeling.

“This was an opportunity for the club to get involved and to learn about the supportive services provided by the YWCA Wheeling. We wanted to help those who otherwise are unable to provide their children with gifts this Christmas,” Quiroz said.

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