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Humm: Community day brings unity, charity

By Sara Humm
On September 28, 2010

Every year during football season, there is a special day for the members of the Ottawa community.

Community day is a way for Ottawa University to extend a hand to the community in effort to get the community involved. Not only is community day a way to bring two communities together, the desire to help others at the same time is also present.

Participants of community day were asked to bring non-perishable food items for Hope House, a local food pantry.

There are several times during the year that the university collects food for those who need it, but I think it is especially appropriate for this to happen on community day. Not only is the university showing support for Hope House, but the community members who attend are showing support as well.

Although the community gets a special day dedicated for them to come support OU athletics, it shouldn't stop there.

Even though it is more encouraging to support something when there is a special day, this should just be the beginning of support.

Not only should community members come out to community day, they should try to regularly attend athletic events as well as music and theater productions and other happenings on campus.

Just because OU is confined to a two block by two block area doesn't mean that the community isn't welcome.

There was a great showing of Ottawa community members at the First Down Classic, it would be great if the community attendance was steady for the rest of the season and expands to other OU events.

Even though the weather wasn't very welcoming for Saturday's community day game, there were still members of the Ottawa community present. These faces, however, aren't new ones. Some community members and families are at every game cheering on the Braves.

It is great to see this kind of support and it is recognized by students and those who the community is there to support.

This is a great annual event to get the community to support OU and for both communities to give back and help others.

I think this event will continue to grow in numbers as the OU and Ottawa communities merge to build a better partnership.

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