Hokies Give Back To Community
Men's soccer team helps clean up the local area
September 22, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Members of the Virginia Tech men's soccer team recently helped clean up a two-mile stretch of highway. On Sunday, Sept. 18, the team collected 17 bags of trash from a two-mile stretch of Highway 460 as part of the Virginia Department of Transportation's clean-up weekend.

At Virginia Tech, each sport has a community partner and the men's soccer team has chosen the Adopt-a-Highway program as its partner.

At halftime of the team's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Boston College, the Hokies were presented with their Adopt-a-Highway sign by Pat Bruce, a representative from the Virginia Department of Transportation. The sign was accepted by team captains Chase Harrison and Charlie Howe.

"Last weekend went great," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "We collected lots of bags of trash and it took us about 1.5 hours.

"We can dictate when we do the community project. Whenever we have a break in our schedule, we can go do something for the environment. Plus, it's a great way to give back to the environment and make our kids aware of the fact they need to volunteer their time for worthy causes.

"It's good when individuals go out there and help, but as a team can we were able to help out even more," Howe said. "We were able to clean up part of the community and it also brings us closer together as a team."

The men's soccer team will clean the two-mile stretch four times during the course of the year.

The outreach program was coordinated through the Virginia Tech Athletics Department's Office of Student Life and is one of several community outreach projects that Virginia Tech athletics teams participate in during the academic year. For more information on such projects, log on to: hokiesports.com/studentlife.