On January 23, 2016, the Rip Griffin Center on Lubbock Christian University’s campus brought the film “Star Wars” to life in celebration of Angele Martinez. Angele, a nine-year old boy battling osteosarcoma and Star Wars fanatic, was honored as a special guest during LCU’s doubleheader basketball game. The LCU community participated in various fundraising efforts to make Angele’s wish of traveling to LEGOLAND in California, a reality. From working at Texas Tech football games to a Trunk-or-Treat event, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at LCU raised over $9,000 to support Angele’s wish. During the basketball game, a staged “contest” ended in Angele learning that he would be celebrating his 10th birthday at LEGOLAND with his family.
The Charleston shootings that took place during June of 2015 was especially devastating for the Johnson C. Smith University community. Gracyn Doctor, a student-athlete on the volleyball team at Johnson Smith, lost her mother, Dr. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, in the tragic event. In an effort to promote non-violence and honor Gracyn and her family, Johnson C. Smith hosted a Purple Game of Honor during a home match against Johnson & Wales University. Gracyn’s younger sister Kaylin is a volleyball student-athlete as well at Johnson & Wales. The attendees were encouraged to wear purple in support of non-violence, peace and unity within the Charlotte community.