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Trinity's men's basketball team used a day off from classes for Reading Day in October to help a group of children with their studies.

Coach Tim Walker took his players to Harvey House, an outreach of Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois, that seeks to meet the needs of underprivileged children and adults. The Trolls spent three hours helping the grade-schoolers with their homework and playing football during the after-school program.

"It was a fun time for us to interact with those kids," Walker said. "They have some tough circumstances, and it's good for us to get off campus to spend some time encouraging them. They made a definite impact on us."

The Champions of Character, an initiative sponsored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), recognizes colleges and universities whose teams who are committed to respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Walker hopes to return to Harvey House and use other similar service opportunities to follow the NAIA's lead.

"The NAIA has a really positive program, and it's great for our players to look beyond themselves for times like those," said the third-year head coach. "Sometimes we get too focused on basketball and other things that are happening on campus. Harvey House definitely opened some of our eyes because it's a very different environment that's only a little more than five miles away from Trinity."

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