GREER, S.C.- North Greenville Men's Basketball took some time from their busy preseason schedule to serve in an event called Big Thursday which benefits Greer Community Ministries. This year was the 38th year that this event has been put on at the Fairview Baptist Church and the 16th year that Head Coach Chad Lister and the Crusaders helped served.
"It has always been an honor for our team to serve at Big Thursday each year," said Coach Lister. "This event is crucial to fund the operations of Greer community ministries. GCM supports meals on wheels, activities for seniors, and meets countless needs in the Greer community. There are so many volunteers that give their time to Big Thursday. We are proud to be a very small part of an event that makes such a huge impact on our community.”
Being a native from Greer, Big Thursday is a little bit more special for senior Matt Moore, ''I’m thankful to be able to serve my hometown. It’s a special feeling to be able to give back to a community that’s given so much to me."
Crusaders assisted in serving food and sharing a time of fellowship with those who attend the event. “The Big Thursday Event was a great experience for our team. We got a chance to really interact with the community and tell them about ourselves... like our major, where we are from, and plans after college," added sophomore guard DJ Brooks. "We even ran into some North Greenville alumni and got to compare their experience to ours which was pretty cool. Overall it was a great experience to serve and help raise money to help those throughout the community.”
Assistant Coach Josh Milner looks forward to this invite each year, "it was really neat to see our guys out in the community serving and interacting with so many people at Big Thursday. Seeing them in a different environment brings out their personalities that people may not get to see often. It’s a special event that raises so much money for GCM, and our guys were honored to be involved.”
The Crusaders officially tip off their season on Friday, November 10th as they take on Coker College in the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge hosted by Newberry College.