Soccer Continues to Make an Impact in the Community

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alabama has been busy in the community this spring season.
Alabama has been busy in the community this spring season.

March 7, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - In between the busy schedules of the spring season and classes, the Alabama soccer team once again has found time to head out into the community. This spring the Crimson Tide has been able to help with the Kiwanis Club, local soup kitchen, and The Magnet School's Magic Festival.

The Kiwanis Club hosted their annual pancake day on Feb. 25, at Central High School. This year some of the proceeds are going towards tornado relief.

"It is always nice getting the opportunity to get out in the community and give back, especially to an organization like the Kiwanis Club," Ashley Willis said. "We realize how important it is to show support in rebuilding our town."

The soup kitchen is run out of Hargrove Memorial United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Fridays, serving only lunch. Last Friday, March 2, was the first time they have been able to serve a hot lunch since the tornado. Prior they had been serving box lunches.

"It is always fun when we are able to get together with our teammates and be able to help out in our community," Theresa Diederich said. "These opportunities open our eyes to what is really going on in our community."

The Magic Festival at The Magnet School was an event that included the students, faculty and families. There were science experiments being done, fossil exploration, a live magician practicing magic, and a bouncy house for all ages.

"It was entertaining working with the children in their fossil exploration," Megan Petersen said. "I know myself and my teammates really enjoyed the experience."

The soccer team is currently working on a project hoping to bring a Type 1 diabetes camp to west Alabama, Camp Sugar Falls - Tuscaloosa. A fundraiser, Mike's 100 Mile Madness, is being held on March 23 in Midtown Village outside Athlete's Foot.

Mike Bissell is running 100 miles in 24 hours hoping to bring in $10,000. Please come out and support Mike and Camp Sugar Falls - Tuscaloosa by running with him, cheering him on or donating money. If you have any questions please contact Kayleen Duffy at

Alabama will continue to make a presence in the community in the offseason. The Tide will return to the pitch on Friday, March 30 to face UAB in Tuscaloosa.