KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- During the spring semester, the UMKC Student-Athlete Leadership Cabinet (SALC) hosted the “One Shirt One Body” Clothing Drive as its spring community service initiative. One Shirt One Body was originally founded at the University of Notre Dame by two student-athletes and is a clothing drive focusing on people in the community, where campus SAAC organizations collect clothes to donate to local organizations in need. It aims to impact lives through sport by developing interactions with student-athletes and the community.
UMKC student-athletes took an active role in donation collection by engaging the community and promoting department-wide participation. Alli Schomers, a sophomore volleyball player and SALC executive board member, said “SALC’s work with One Shirt One Body especially highlighted our athletes’ dedication to coming together and serving others. SALC has always placed a special emphasis on service, and seeing all of our athletic teams participate was heartwarming!”
Following the completion of this drive, the student-athletes personally delivered collected items to domestic abuse shelters around Kansas City, such as New House, Rose Brooks, and the Kansas City Rescue Mission. UMKC student-athletes were successful in coming together to better the community in which they live, and they collected 1,100 clothing items to be donated.
Amelia Howard, Assistant Director of Academic Support, noted that “I’m proud of our student-athletes’ dedication to service and outreach. Their commitment and enthusiasm for this spring’s clothing drive made it a big success.”