BALTIMORE - When thousands of visitors flocked to downtown Baltimore for Maryland Fleet Week in mid-October, they were greeted by the members of the Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams.
All 34 members of the team worked at the event in a variety of roles and they all had a very positive experience, according to Coach Amy Horst.
“We were involved through our work with the Living Classrooms Foundation,” she said. “They were one of the sponsors of Fleet Week, and the foundation serves elementary students in Baltimore City.
“Many of the foundation's students were there when we were volunteering,” she added. “We performed a lot of different functions; some of our athletes gave tours of the ships, and we had quite a few athletes manning information booths. We basically did anything that needed to be done.”
During their time in the Inner Harbor, the Greyhounds student-athletes had the opportunity to interact with many members of the community and visitors from all over the country.
“I do think that our athletes got a lot of personal enjoyment from the experience,” Horst said. “This was an opportunity to show our athletes that community service comes in many different places. We enjoyed the chance to be the 'face of Baltimore' for so many visitors. Even though we have many athletes who live in the Baltimore area, we have athletes from up and down the East Coast.”