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AKRON, Ohio — While most college kids are resting at home following final exams, 45 members of the University of Akron football team spent all day Wednesday volunteering at the Haven of Rest (East Market Street), the area's homeless shelter.
The student-athletes, along with offensive line coach Brett Ekkens, strength & conditioning coach Matt Gildersleeve and his staff, landscaped the property and readied the gardens for planting.
"It's a great experience to help the people of Akron and give back," said junior LB Ulysees Gilbert (Ocala, Fla.). "It's a great feeling to help people gardening."
"Today was a great experience, and it gave us a chance to show the community that we really care about them," said senior WR A.J. Coney (Orlando, Fla.). "We really want their support, so we're going to do whatever we can for them, so they come support us, too."
"I am just here to give back to the community that raised me," said junior DL Brian Reinke (Akron, Ohio).
The Zips, who visited the Akron Food Bank last week, are committed to weekly community service projects throughout the off-season.
Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Terry Bowden, Akron returns 57 letterwinners, including 15 starters, to its spread offense and 4-3 defense. The Zips open the 2017 season at Penn State on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Noon on ABC. In the home opener, Akron hosts Arkansas Pine Bluff on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
Season ticket plans—which include a ticket to all six home games as well as a parking pass—start at only $60 each. Renewals (for current season ticket holders) and new seats are now available for purchase by calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets) during business hours (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The season ticket renewal deadline in June 15. Payment plans are available.
Group tickets start at $10 each (with a minimum of 15 people).
About Haven of Rest
Founded in 1943 as a small storefront rescue mission, Haven of Rest is now one of the largest private social service agencies in the Summit-Portage-Medina-Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne-Holmes county area. Filling a vital community role, Haven of Rest provide Christ-centered programs and services that respond to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of homeless and poor men, women, and children.