DENVER - A strong contingent of Johnson & Wales University student-athletes celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by participating in the university's annual MLK Challenge.
In the spirit of the federal holiday that has been designated as a day of service, the MLK Challenge is a campus-wide event that brings members of the JWU Denver community together through different service projects around the city. The goal is to make a difference in the community, promote diversity and inclusivity, and to give students the opportunity to be aware of social injustices and to provide the ability to acquire life skills and knowledge.
All of the Wildcats' 15 varsity programs were represented Monday as volunteers were randomly assigned different groups, allowing them to interact with fellow students and staff who they might not otherwise come in contact with. The seven different groups completed their service projects with the Ronald McDonald House in Denver, the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, Family Promise of Greater Denver, The Gathering Place, the 9Health Fair, Special Olympics Colorado and wrote letters to veterans.
"This holiday has important meaning, and I think it is wonderful that the campus student leadership organizes this event," said Director of Athletics Dr. Greg Waggoner, who spent the day at the 9Health Fair offices in Denver. "It is also a great way for us to participate in the campus-wide team."
"It was a great day, and our students and staff were super impressive with their efforts and interactions with others," said Dean of Students Dr. Scott Lyons, who volunteered at Family Promise of Greater Denver.
Check out a photo galley of the event here.