Courtesy of Aurora University
AURORA, Ill. --- The Aurora University men's soccer team took time out of their athletic and academic schedules to spend time helping the local community. Members of Spartan men's team spent time at Mutual Ground, a local organization that provides a safety net of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while on their journeys toward becoming survivors.
The AU men's soccer team cleaned up the grounds which included weeding and picking up trash around the perimeter. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month so the Spartans also decorated the exterior of the building. They tied purple ribbons to the fence, trees, and pillars in front of the building.
"We as a family, on the AU men's soccer team, were very thrilled to have the opportunity to assist in setting up decorations at Mutual Ground," said freshmanRyan Murphy. "It made a difference in my eyes, and I would be pleased to volunteer again next year."
"We as a program stress that we have a responsibility to involve ourselves in our community in any way that we can, and this service project allows us to reach outside of the campus to make a difference," said Head Coach Amir St. Clair. "We see these service opportunities as a chance to use our innate gifts to help others and truly make a difference in the lives of those around us."
Mutual Ground Inc. was founded in 1975, providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families. Mutual Ground is one of the largest and oldest domestic violence shelters in the state. All services are victim-centered and focus on advocacy that empowers each individual to make her/his own decisions. All services are offered free of charge.