CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston's softball team gave back to their local community as they participated in the Dash for Trash litter-collecting scavenger hunt on Oct. 22, organized by the College of Charleston Center for Civic Engagement and the City of Charleston's Keep Charleston Beautiful.
The Cougars competed against teams of other College of Charleston students in a dash to collect the most trash, earning points for different types of litter- from cigarette butts, used batteries, old hub caps to even dog litter. The winning teams which showed the most spirit, collected the most recyclables and accumulated the most overall points won prizes.
"I was amazed at the amount of cigarette butts I found on the streets of Charleston," freshman Jacqueline Martinez said. "It felt good to clean up an area that is such a busy part of the city to make it look much nicer."
"It was touching to have locals thank us for all the work we did in the community," added senior Amanda Lonergan. "Charleston is too beautiful to be full of litter."
Dash for Trash is an award-winning annual event that gives students the opportunity to help clean up downtown Charleston while enjoying some friendly competition with other students. Dash for Trash is aimed at preventing future littering through increased awareness of Charleston's anti-litter laws.
The College of Charleston softball team regularly takes time to perform community service, volunteering with children at MUSC Children's Hospital, taking part in the Charleston Miracle League (a non-profit organization which allows children and adults with special needs to play baseball), and hosting various fundraisers for local causes.