By Madison Nantz, Student Reporter
The Alice Lloyd College Women’s Basketball team has been actively involved in assisting the surrounding community with flood relief efforts. In late July, Eastern Kentucky was hit by a devastating flood that resulted in many individuals losing everything. Since former players and close friends of the team were among those directly affected, Head Coach John Mills and his team knew they had to help.
Coach Mills and his team have assisted in the cleanup of Cornerstone Church in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and collected supplies for students at Hindman Elementary. Due to flooding, Hindman Elementary was damaged and lost all of its supplies for the upcoming school year. The Lady Eagles planned to provide necessities to the preschool at Hindman but received enough donations to give backpacks, books, and other supplies to support over 500 students throughout the elementary school.
Bailee Brainard and Jasmine Eley, current team members, had the idea to do a t-shirt fundraiser. “ALC is home to so many amazing people and, for others, a home away from home,” said Brainard. “The devastation that hit campus and the surrounding areas is unimaginable. We knew we had to do something to help.” The effort raised over $1,500 and was used to provide 270 meals to flood victims and purchase supplies and tools to help clean up damaged properties.
Coach Mills is proud of the team’s efforts but says more help is needed for the region. “The team is not finished yet. We understand this recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. We will continue to do everything we can to give back to the region that has so richly blessed our program and Alice Lloyd College.” We are proud of the Lady Eagles and cannot wait to see how they continue to give back to the community. Coach Mills and this team have displayed the servant-leadership qualities that Mrs. Lloyd built Alice Lloyd College on by serving their community.