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Lady Lions Give Thanks by Giving Back

PSU Scranton Lady Lions volunteer with their head coach and his children in downtown Scranton.
PSU Scranton Lady Lions volunteer with their head coach and his children in downtown Scranton.

The Penn State Scranton Women's Basketball team stepped off the court Tuesday night to give back to their community.  Members of the Lady Lions along with Head Coach Tom McIntyre and his two sons, Thomas and Joseph, volunteered at the Progressive Center in downtown Scranton, part of the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeast PA. The women were part of the UNC's Annual Thanksgiving Feed-A-Friend program.

The student-athletes bagged all the trimmings for a holiday dinner including a turkey, potatoes, carrots, bread or croutons, cranberry sauce, celery, onions, apples, pumpkin pie mix, pie crust mix, non-dairy whipped topping, and canned vegetables to distribute to the many who struggle to provide hot meals for their families on Thanksgiving.

According to the UNC website, the Thanksgiving Feed-A-Friend provides almost 2,000 families with children all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal annually. Sophmore gaurd Sara Moss was suprised at how much need there as in the area, "It was nice to give back during the holidays, for me, I know I was shocked to see how many people actually got the free meal," she said.

Giving back to the community is something Coach McIntyre instills in his athletes, having the team volunteer in some capacity around the holidays for the past five seasons since he has been head coach.