Men's Soccer Participates in Operation Warm-Up

Feb. 11, 2011

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CINCINNATI - Although their season may be over, the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team has remained active in the community. This week they participated in Operation Warm-Up at the Hillel Jewish Student Center on Clifton Avenue. They teamed up with the UC United Way, the African American Cultural Research Center, and numerous fraternities and sororities for the cause.

Operation Warm-Up is a program that helps homeless adults and children in the Cincinnati area by providing them with toiletry items like toothbrushes and deodorant as well as snacks and clothing. This is the 13th year that the center has participated in Operation Warm-Up.

"At the heart of the program, with developing our players, we realize how important it is to build character," said Associate head coach Dan Ensley. "Our players need to be students of the community, an important aspect of the UC Department of Athletics mission and a core value of the CATapult vision."

For a few hours on Feb. 9 and 10, the men's soccer coaching staff and team helped pack up basic survival kits for those in need and loaded them onto trucks to be shipped off to area homeless shelters. Items in these bags included shampoo, combs, toothbrushes, tooth paste, dental floss as well as shirts and books. The team also made hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to be shipped to the shelters as well. The team has participated in Operation Warm-Up in four of the last five years.