UMSL student-athletes give back during holiday season

by | Dec 15, 2021

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee coordinated volunteer efforts by student-athletes to donate food and fill boxes at the Triton Pantry.

Members of the men’s basketball team fill boxes of food last week at the Triton Pantry. UMSL student-athletes raised money and purchased food to donate to the pantry. (Photos courtesy of Tyler Thompson/UMSL Athletics)

By Tyler Thompson, UMSL Athletics

Everyone has heard the saying “it is better to give than to receive.”

For a plethora of University of Missouri–St. Louis student-athletes, it rings true.

Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams spent some time last week filling 60 holiday food boxes for their fellow Tritons. Students raised approximately $650 in an effort to buy food and supplies to fill the aforementioned boxes.

This marks the second-consecutive year of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee‘s  involvement with the Triton Pantry – which is located on the ground floor of the Millennium Student Center.

SAAC President and current UMSL golfer Michael Brothers says it feels great to give back, especially during the holidays. This is Brothers’s second year at the helm of SAAC.

“Last year around this time, we were looking for ways to be involved with the community – whether with events in St. Louis or UMSL,” Brothers said. “With COVID, it was really hard. A lot of events we would usually do had to be in person, so we couldn’t really do that. This ended up being a really great way to get involved.”

Paper bags filled with food, purchased and donated by student-athletes, lie on the floor of the Triton Pantry

UMSL student-athletes purchased food to donate to the Triton Pantry to help support their fellow students.

Student-athletes have a lot on their plates with classes, practice sessions and games, so the camaraderie displayed and the selfless acts of being involved for a greater purpose speaks volumes and resonates as to the character of everyone involved – athletes or not.

“To support the UMSL community, the athletes take a part,” Brothers said, “both through their donations and use of it. It was really cool to hit on something so close to home. We are glad it worked out this year.”

The Triton Panty is a “food resource for any enrolled UMSL student who is experiencing or is at risk of food insecurity or hunger,” according to its website.

Brothers and soon-to-be graduate Olivia Klank were able to shop via Aldi and Save A Lot, as well as few other grocers, and they even had a remaining balance to be used for the spring semester.

“We tried to get the most bang for our buck,” Brothers said.

Many know Klank from her presence and skill set on the volleyball court, but the student government association representative is another who stays busy outside the classroom and away from the court: giving her time to a higher cause.

Klank, too, has been instrumental in SAAC’s unparalleled involvement with the Triton Pantry.

“It makes us feel good because we are helping [UMSL students] and their families,” Klank said. “[It] will provide a nice meal for Christmas.”

Approximately, $120 remains and will be used for diapers and other supplies, Assistant Athletic Director for Academics Lindsay Pickering said.

The Triton Pantry is located in room 170 in the Millennium Student Center, just around the corner from the Nosh eatery, and can be reached by phone at 314-516-6369 or by email at


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