In the midst of its preparation for the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, the IUP women’s basketball team took a break for a community service project on Monday in Columbus, Ohio.
The Crimson Hawks, who play Tuesday at noon against Azusa Pacific, visited Carrie’s Cafe, a nonprofit restaurant that provides low-cost (and in some cases, free) meals for senior citizens, the homeless, or anyone who needs food.
IUP players and coaches greeted customers, prepared and served food, and acted as ambassadors for the tournament, which is comprised of the final eight teams still competing in the NCAA tournament. Each of the eight teams made visits Monday to various Columbus agencies and undertook projects to help the local community.
“Coming to Carrie’s Cafe is very important for us because we love to give back to the community that’s hosting us for the Elite Eight,” said senior Carolyn Appleby. “One of our core values as a team is service, and coming here and helping out, we couldn’t want anything more.”
For more information about the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, visit the IUP women’s basketball homepage.