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Lady Bisons serve meal for "Room at the Inn" guests

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

If someone had asked who made the salad during the “Room at the Inn” at Otter Creek Church Feb. 8, the answer would have been the members of the Lipscomb Lady Bisons basketball team.

They also baked chocolate cupcakes as well. The lasagna, however, was bought by the team already prepared.

The Lady Bisons spent most of the evening working in the kitchen, eating dinner with the 12 homeless people being served as part of the church’s outreach program and helping to prepare breakfast for the next morning.

“Our players starting working about 5,” Bennett said. “They prepared tables with butcher paper and wrote scriptures with colored markers on each table like Philippians 4:11.”

The verse states, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith be content.”

Lady Bisons’ coach Frank Bennett and Adam Allen, husband of Lady Bisons’ assistant coach Katie Beth Allen, spent the night and helped serve breakfast and hand out sack lunches around 5 a.m. the next day.

There were seven men in attendance as well as a family of five which included three teenage girls.

“We were dispersed among the tables,” Bennett said. “It was great that our players were there to talk with those teenage girls. The father said they were trying to put together a deposit for rent for an apartment.

“One man had played basketball in Kenya. He had been in the auto industry in Detroit and was laid off. In Nashville he had worked as a fork-lift operator for Borders Books and was laid off a few months ago.”

Bennett thought all of his players had a positive experience.

“It was good for the girls to hear some of the stories,” Bennett said. “Our girls were really good about mingling and talking with everyone. Every single one of our girls said it was a great experience.”

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.