Student-athletes representing 11 of USC’s varsity sports came together to participate in the university’s first Community Bowl on Dec. 4.
Sponsored by the Trojan Athletics Parents Association, student-athletes, parent volunteers and members of the community spent the day at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School – one of the USC Family of Schools – reading to students, repainting the outside of the school, collaborating on an intricate mural and playing kickball, among other activities.
“This school is right across the street from USC, and these kids probably see us walking to school every day,” said quarterback Matt Barkley. “We have been given so much as student-athletes to be able to go to USC, so this is the perfect opportunity to give back.”
Weemes principal Lynn Brown said: “I want our children to know that college is an option. USC is one of the major universities in the country so for [our students] to make that connection with USC student-athletes today was just exciting to see.”
While the Community Bowl lends credence to the USC athletic program’s tradition of giving back to the community, several student-athletes want to build on the momentum created by the service day.
“It’s nice to spend a whole day out here, but I’d love to do this more often,” said sophomore Sophia Popov of the USC women’s golf team. “Just to be able to help out their kids and to show them what their lives can be in the future is very rewarding.”