Mean Green Student-Athletes Ringing The Red Kettle Bell For The Holidays

DENTON, Texas (12/10/09) - It has become a holiday tradition in Denton, Texas to see Mean Green student-athletes ringing bells at area businesses for the Denton Salvation Army. More than 50 student-athletes took an active role this past weekend in the Salvation Army's Red Kettles Drive.

"Our student-athletes have been honored by the Salvation Army in past years as "volunteers of the year" for their annual support of this endeavor," said Hank Dickenson, Deputy Athletic Director and a member of the Salvation Army of Denton County's Board of Directors. "What many people do not realize is the fact that without volunteers, the Army has to pay people to ring the Kettles. Our student-athletes are a BIG part of the overall fundraising success for this initiative. We show up in big numbers each year thanks to our kids and their willingness to help others. On behalf of the entire athletic department and the Salvation Army, we thank them all! "

Every Christmas holiday, Mean Green student-athletes find time to volunteer with the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive. The athletes work in shifts at the Golden Triangle Mall and nearby stores to help raise money. Student-athletes from the men's and women's golf, men's and women's track, women's tennis, softball and volleyball teams came out in the cold to ring the bell this year.

Be on the lookout for Salvation Army Kettles at the following locations in Denton: Dillards, Macy's, JC Penneys, Kroger, Wal-Mart. For more information on the Salvation Army and how you can help during the holiday season, please call 940-566-3800.

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