ABILENE, Texas – When Disability Resources, Incorporated (DRI) sets up its annual fund-raising “Pumpkin Patch” prior to Halloween, it doesn’t have far to look for help! This year – as in the previous four years – the McMurry University volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams were there to lend a helping hand.
DRI is a nonprofit agency, dedicated to creating a uniquely nurturing community for adults with developmental disabilities. Since 1987, DRI has provided residential care, vocational training, and recreation activities to this under-served population.
The War Hawks biggest job was unloading a semi-trailer full of pumpkins to be dispersed around the pumpkin patch area. Like any good team, the McM student-athletes attacked the task with head on, garnering praise from the DRI leadership for their “enthusiastic attitude.”
“We are always glad to be able to assist in such a worthwhile cause as the Pumpkin Patch,” said McM women’s basketball head coach Veronica Snow. “(Unloading the pumpkins) looks like a daunting task but, the fact of the matter is, our kids get a lot out of it, too. Our student-athletes are blessed with exceptional gifts – both physical and mental – and it reminds them that not everyone is as fortunate as they are and makes them want to give back in some way.”