Ferrum Wins USA South “Cans Across the Conference”
Ferrum won the 2013 USA South Athletic Conference “Cans Across the Conference” competition. Almost 6,100 canned goods, more than twice the total posted by second-place Methodist University, were collected by Ferrum folks. The Panthers are winners for the first time and will be presented the “Cans Across the Conference” trophy at a home basketball game.
The USA South’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initiated the canned food drive in 2004 as a community service competition among the 13 institutions in the USA South. Each campus SAAC collected cans and other non-perishable items at its school to benefit a local charity. It was up to each institution to decide how cans would be collected and to which group the donation would go. The institution with the most items collected would be crowned the Cans Across the Conference Champion.
Overall, the USA South institutions collected 20,497 items this fall. Over the 10-year history of the program, USA South Conference institutions have donated 278,652 items to various organizations. Ferrum split the donations between five local Franklin County food banks: Heavenly Manna, Lake Christian Ministries, God’s Provision, St. James Center, and Henry Baptist Church.