WVU Tech Soccer Team Helps To Make A Difference In The Community


BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)-  In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the WVU Tech Soccer Team showed support by giving back to the local community.


The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia and WVU Tech Soccer Team crafted and painted bowls for a project called “Empty Bowls.”

“Empty Bowls” is a worldwide project that helps to fight hunger and donate to local food pantries.


Leslie Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation, shared about the project, “The project is to make bowls to bring more awareness to local hunger. The bowls are a process and everyone wants to make them and clay bowls which is a lot of fun to do, but one of the things we need to do is glaze the bowls after they have been fired and that’s what we are doing here today,” said Baker.


This “Empty Bowls” Project was special this year as students from the local college gave up their day off to help make a difference.


“We believe that service is a very important part of being a good citizen at WVU tech and so we’re very excited to be able to partner with various community organizations so that students can give back to the community that they now live in,” said Candice Stadler, Associate Dean For Student Development at WVU Tech Beckley.


All of the painted bowls that were made by the WVU Tech Soccer Team will be donated to local food pantries on March 24th.

Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at

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