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Chowan Student Athletes Active in Mission Trips

MURFREESBORO – In conjunction with Mari Wiles, Minister to the University, and the Chowan campus ministries, several Chowan University student-athletes took part in mission trips during the 2011 spring semester.

In February, football players Cameron Stover, Devon Simpson, and Austin Tallant traveled to Sophia, NC and Camp Mundo Vista. Camp Mundo Vista is a Christian camp operated by the Woman's Missionary Union of North Carolina. There, these student-athletes helped camp staff prepare the camp site for the upcoming summer season. They cleaned walking trails, removed rocks and debris from common areas, and performed other duties to help make the camp ready for summer.

Over spring break in March, a group of student-athletes went to Washington DC and worked with homeless ministries and agencies. That group consisted of Jamarr Royster (football), Victoria Lewis (volleyball), and Sarah Souza (women's soccer). While in the nation's capital, they prepared meals, cleaned shelters, and conducted a “street church”. The student-athletes were completely immersed in the urban setting, as they relied on public transportation, not school vehicles, the entire week.

Next week, another group will depart for Haiti, which is still in the process of rebuilding after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Head Football Coach Tim Place, football player Austin Tallant, and women's soccer player Cady Dice will be a part of the group that is partnering with the North Carolina Baptist Men and Samaritans Purse. While in Haiti, the group will primarily rebuild houses that were destroyed by the earthquake.

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