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Sport Clubs Win Statewide Canned Food Drive

UNC Charlotte’s Sport Clubs program was the overall winner of the inaugural First in Flight Fight Against Hunger, a statewide canned food drive competition. All of the goods brought in by UNC Charlotte’s sport clubs were donated to the Niner Food Pantry, which provides assistance for undergraduate and graduate students who struggle with food insecurity.

For this food drive, 898 student-athletes from campus collected 2,200 pounds of canned food. Approximately 7,150 pounds of canned food was collected by the 11 collegiate sport clubs programs that participated.

"I am extremely proud of our sport club athletes for winning the inaugural First in Flight Fight Against Hunger and showing the other sport club programs across the state what it means to be a part of Niner Nation," said Max Mello, assistant director for sport clubs in the Recreational Services Department. "With these donations, we were able to make a significant impact in our campus community and help those less fortunate during the holidays."

MSW Student Receives State Award

Aayla Alexander, a graduate student in social work, is the 2016 recipient of the Presidents’ Award from the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina chapter (NASW-NC).

According to the association, Alexander was selected for exhibiting a "dedication to the social work profession through her academic excellence, community involvement and professional experience," and the award honors her "exceptional leadership skills and professional potential."

As founder and president of the UNC Charlotte chapter of Advocates for Change (a student-led organization), Alexander collaborates with MSW students and various other campus and community groups to “enhance the quality of life for oppressed and vulnerable populations through advocacy, human services delivery and research.” Her recent work with Advocates for Change has focused on raising awareness and understanding for the transgender community.