The Florida A&M University Athletics Department will host “Trunk or Treat” Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m.
Trunk Or Treat is an event in which FAMU student-athletes set up their cars on the front lawn of Gaither Gymnasium, and distribute candy to young trick-or-treaters from their trunks.
All elementary schools bordering FAMU were notified and invited to the event, encouraging their students to attend.
The goal is to give the children an experience of a lifetime, thus requiring the efforts and participation of all sports teams here on campus.
Xavier Mackey, co-advisor of the Student Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC) gives insight on the event's purpose and goal.
“Trunk or Treat is an event we hold every year around Halloween to give back to the kids in our communities. Unfortunately, last year, we weren’t able to have it, due to a conflict with events surrounding Homecoming.” Mackey said. “This year, however, we’re back, and ready to host a successful event. Trunk or Treat is an alternative to trick-or-treating, because we can ensure all parents that their children will be safe.”
Mackey also mentioned that the event brought out about 175 people in 2013, and another great turnout can be expected this year.
The athletes will decorate and fill the trunks of their cars, offering delicious candy and chocolate to the eager children searching for the best treats.
Students will also be able to participate in games and activities such as “toss the egg" and freeze dance.
Third-year cheerleader, Courtney Cadore, expressed her excitement for the event recalling how much fun she had when she volunteered her freshman year.
“I’m so excited to go to this event with all my teammates. We had so much fun freshmen year, so I’m expecting to have a great time once again. Seeing all the kids dressed up and having a good time is truly exhilarating," Cadore said.
Another volunteer for the event, baseball player Marlon Gibbs shared this same excitement.
“I’m thrilled to be able to give back to the community in such a positive way. I’m looking forward to the smiling faces of the children. I hope they’re ready because the baseball team has tons of candy to give out,” said Gibbs.
The event will be free for the kids and their parents, as the FAMU student athletes are only seeking to give back to the community through service.