LWC Staff, Students Donate Sports Equipment to Local Military Serving in Jordan
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 [7:59 PM]
Members of the Kentucky National Guard display some of
the recreational items
and apparel LWC staff members and students recently sent to them
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- When Adair County
resident Shahid Iqbal and his fellow Kentucky National Guard
soldiers arrived in Jordan, they discovered that their base had a
dearth of recreational and sports equipment.
Other than a few broken pool cues and pingpong
paddles, the base was devoid of recreational and sporting equipment
to help soldiers pass time between assignments. The base didn't
even have "balls of any kind," Iqbal said.
So earlier this year a group of Lindsey Wilson
College staff members and students in the college's Residence Life
Office, Student Activities Office, Recreation Club and intramurals
program held a drive to collect recreational and sports equipment
for the soldiers.
They sent the soldiers an assortment of items that
included basketballs and volleyballs, dominoes, various playing
cards, dice, checkers, chess, darts, and pingpong paddles, balls
and table repair kit. They also threw in LWC pennants, decals and
t-shirts to help give the base an Adair County feel.
"The equipment Lindsey Wilson sent will help
tremendously in terms of keeping soldiers' morale up," said Iqbal,
who is also the base's non-commissioned officer in charge of
recreation activities. "Pingpong and basketball are two of the
favorite pastimes around here, and everyone loves to play darts and
volleyball when there is a chance. … It is amazing how just the
littlest things can make the biggest impact when you're away from
your comforts of home."
LWC Director of Residence Life Jordan Willis spearheaded the drive, along
with help from Smith Hall Resident Director Justin
"Shahid is one of my best friends and I was the
best man in his wedding, so I had to make sure he had some stuff to
keep him entertained," Willis said. "The soldiers asked for the
stuff, and Justin and I thought the least we could do was try to
get them something together."
Iqbal, who graduated from LWC in December, said he
was touched that his alma mater reached out to him and his fellow
"Lindsey Wilson and all of its faculty have always
been so good to soldiers and have done everything to bend over
backward to help," he said.