by Matt Long
Posted April 18, 2010 10:18 AM
Several University of South Carolina athletes swung hammers and carried beds to help Midlands charity Christ Central Ministries Saturday. Members of USC's swimming, volleyball and basketball teams helped the charity, which offers services for homeless, take down and move beds from one homeless shelter to another.
Trey Tharpe is a backstroke specialist on the swim team, but on Saturday he could be found swinging a hammer.
"We're just here to help the homeless ministries here take apart some beds so they can move them to a new location for the winter," the senior explained.
A few yards away, freshman basketball forward Lakeem Jackson was taking a quick breather from his work to toss a piece of wadded-up paper into a small, kid-sized basketball goal. He's a big supporter of the program.
"It's always good to give back to the community," Jackson said. "It's just something that everyone should do when they have spare time, instead of just sitting around."
Christ Central's director, Jimmy Jones, said the Gamecocks were a big help.
"They are saving the lumber and the bolts and preparing to put them back together as they are needed in each community," Jones said. "Just recycling the things that are needed for ministries that can't help themselves."
Christ Central has ten outreach programs across the Midlands. It was founded in Columbia in 1997.