MADISON, W.Va. — WVU Mountaineer men’s basketball team served over 500 families as part of a mobile food truck distribution. In association with Remember the Miners, the Mountaineer Food Bank and Coventry Cares, the team gave away groceries to families who are out of work or need food, specifically in Boone County. Head Coach, Bob Huggins, stated he feels it is important to support these families.
“This is done as a token of thanks for what these brave, hard-working West Virginians mean to the state of West Virginia and to our great country,” said Huggins.
Huggins said they planned this drive to support the laid off coal miners in Boone County. Larry Harrison, the Associate Head Coach of the team, said he thinks it is important for his team to be involved in community service.
“We like our guys to get out in the community and see the people of West Virginia, because they really support us. They come to the coliseum, they drive two or three hours just to get to the game,” Harrison said, “we always talk about the most valuable resource in West Virginia is the people.”
The event provided multiple boxes of meat, produce and other groceries to cars as they approached. Members of the men’s Mountaineer Basketball team would deliver the boxes. Harrison said that while they may have been hesitant at first, his team will remember their hard work for a long time.
“When you first tell them to do something, they go, ‘Aw man, we got to do that,’ but then once they get here they really enjoy it and see how much it means to the people. It is something they’ll always remember,” Harrison said.
Sponsors for the event included Little General Stores, Aetna, Coca-Cola, Walmart, Foodland, Heiners Bakery and Broughton Dairy. Todd White, the Chief Executive Officer for Coventry Cares of West Virginia, was impressed with the work performed by the basketball team and the initiative of head coach, Bob Huggins.
“He threw his team on the bus, and they came down. These kids have worked their heart out,” White said, “It’s a great event and there are some great sponsors.”
Remember the Miners was created by Head Coach Bob Huggins in 2010, when they were returning from Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. It started as a scholarship program for the siblings of miners. He said he hopes to create awareness of how much the hard-working miners mean to the state.