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KU Softball Teams Up with Salvation Army

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'Tis the season for decking the halls andspreading Holiday cheer. The Kansas softball team kicked off the Holiday seasonby giving back to a local family. The Jayhawks recently partnered with theSalvation Army's Adopt-a-Family program and spent an evening shopping forpresents for their family.

"We sat down and thought about how we could give back," head coach MeganSmith said. "We have a lot of young women who are selfless andparticipate in lots of community service events. We thought instead of usingour money on gag gifts, we could help someone else out. We had a great timeshopping for our family that we adopted through the Salvation Army."

For past Holidays, KU softball has had a team gift exchange or a Secret Santa,but this year the team decided to start a new Holiday tradition in giving backto the community. Many members of the Kansas softball team volunteer throughoutthe community year round, but the Adopt-a-Family program gave the Jayhawks achance to bond as a team while helping a very special family.

"The idea of Christmas is often misconstrued," said senior outfielderAlexJones. "It's not as much about receiving gifts as it is aboutgiving, so a season of giving. That's what I love about this year and gettingthe opportunity to adopt a family. We went shopping as a team and it was solelyabout the team giving to someone else."

The team split up into their Jayhawk teams and each got a member of the familyto shop for. Each member of the family got a new outfit and a present. The teamdecided to add in a new toy for the children.

Each member of the team and coaching staff pitched in and donated their ownmoney to help make the Holidays special for the family.

KUAthletics.com: Theofficial online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fundcontributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.

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