Six players from the TRU WolfPack men’s basketball team spent a couple of hours dishing the food at New Life Mission on Thursday.
It is the second year in a row that the WolfPack has spent time serving hot meals at the Mission.
Will Ondrik, a freshman forward from Vernon, was just glad to be able to help.
“I think it is a nice gesture to go out and show everyone in town that we are not just here to play basketball, that we want to help out,” he said.
Derek Wolf, a freshman guard from Penticton, said he likes “to give back and Christmas is a good time of the year to do that. I had fun . . . I think the highlight was seeing the smiles on people’s faces.”
Chas Kok, a fifth-year forward from Lynden, Wash., added: “It means a lot to give back. We are pretty fortunate and we realize that. To give back to the community means a lot. This ties in with the Christmas Spirit. It is something we wanted to do as a team.”
Second-year forwart Brett Rouault is from Vernon.
“Giving back to the community means a lot to us. To see people less fortunate than yourself drives it home how well (student athletes) have it.”
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The TRU WolfPack volleyball teams close out their pre-Christmas schedule this weekend at Tournament Capital Centre.
The women’s team (3-7), which has been playing short due to injuries, is hoping to welcome back some bodies as it entertains the Trinity Western Spartans (6-2) today, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 5 p.m.
The WolfPack has been going with eight players, and won’t have freshman middle Morgan Kolasa (knee). However, Kelly Asleson, a fifth-year outside, will return after recovering from a concussion.
The Spartans are tied for third in Canada West and have won their last four matches. They are led by Alica Perrin of Creston, the younger sister of former WolfPack star Gord Perrin. She has the top hitting percentage (.422) in Canada West.
On the men’s side, the WolfPack (2-8) is up against the Spartans (8-0), the defending CIS champions.
TRU head coach Pat Hennelly knows that if his club is to get into the playoffs, it has to get things turned around.
“It’s not do or die but we have to play with intensity and a bit of desperation,” he said. “I think we have to be 7-9 to get into the playoffs. We need to pick up some wins.”
The men’s games are scheduled to start Friday at 7:45 p.m., and Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
Meanwhile, the TRU men’s hockey team will play a doubleheader against the Castlegar-based Selkirk College Saints. They’ll play at Memorial Arena on Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.
TRU forward Travis Herlein played for Selkirk College last season, so is really looking forward to this weekend.
“We’ll be putting it all on the table for these last two games, especially against Selkirk,” he said in a news release. “Because it’s my old team there is going to be a little bit of a heated rivalry out there.”
After this weekend, the WolfPack will practise through Dec. 14 and then break for Christmas. It isn’t scheduled to play again until Jan. 20.