As our spring semester drew to an end, our JUFL student body left a meaningful impression on the community. This semester, all of our student-athletes volunteered at a number of venues, including The Central Florida Miracle League and the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Central Florida Miracle League is an organization committed to breaking down the barriers that keep children with special needs from participating in baseball. Our student-athletes were excited to represent each of their sports at this event.

Serving at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida was one of the biggest eye-openers for our students. Second Harvest collects prepackaged food from companies, sorts the donations to ensure safe packaging, and then re-distributes them to neighborhoods in need. This event taught our students to be grateful for what they have and to remember they can always donate something, even if it’s “just” their time and effort. We look forward to working with Second Harvest again to help ensure their vision of “inspiring and engaging our community to end hunger.”

Finally, Student Life and Athletics were also engaged within the Johnson community. Throughout the end of this semester, our students participated in intramural basketball, volleyball, flag football, dodgeball, indoor soccer, game nights, and coffee shops. Participating in these activities knocks down comfort zones, builds confidence in trying new things, and builds relationships. Through these events, our students have created bonds that will last long after their time at Johnson University Florida.

We have been blessed to contribute to uplifting community events, and we are looking forward to continuing this growth in the fall!