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HEROES in Our Community

In the Community

Kansas State University nurtures student-athlete development. As an institution, it is our goal to provide opportunities for personal growth and for our student-athletes to become 'Hometown Heroes' in our community. We find that giving back to the community has helped our students maintain balance and focus during their athletic careers at K-State.


In the Community

Nearly 300 of K-State's student-athletes volunteer their time for the annual Cats for Cans Food Drive, which benefits the Flint Hills Breadbasket to fight hunger in the Manhattan area. Last year's drive prior to the K-State vs. Nebraska football game on Oct. 14, experienced overwhelming success with the collection of more than 8,000 pounds of food and cash donations of $4,000.

Pictured above (l to r) are baseball players Todd Vogel, Paul McCoy, Kyle Livingstone, Justin Murray and Trevor Hurley.


Student-athletes from every sport take part in the ongoing Read and Achieve partnership between K-State Athletics and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. In some instances, student-athletes also do more than just read to the children. They may assist the teacher with daily classroom activities, play games on the playground, eat lunch, or simply sit and listen to the child. Each team chooses a day or two per week each month, as their schedules permit, to participate in Read and Achieve.


In the CommunityWalkin' With a Wildcat is a program that pairs Kansas State student-athletes with a local middle school student. These athletes build a personal relationship with these youth by supporting their educational growth, individual desires, and specific needs associated with transitioning into middle school.

Student-athletes are invited to attend classes with these young adults or even spend lunch with them sharing stories and life experiences. The bond that exists within this opportunity is unlike any other friendship that one can experience.


In the CommunityK-State student-athletes, coaches, the Flint Hills Breadbasket and the Salvation Army work together each holiday season to help out Manhattan and surrounding communities by sponsoring the annual KSU Athletics Adopt-a Family program.

Students have the privilege of providing holiday gifts to families who would otherwise be without during the holiday season.

Each team "adopts" a family and is responsible for filling their holiday needs and gift requests including wrapping gifts and gift delivery.

For More Information, Contact Student Services

Student Services for Intercollegiate Athletics
Athletic Learning Center
2201 Kimball Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502

Office Fax: 785-532-5191
Phone: 785-532-5190