BRISTOL, Tenn. –King Men's Wrestling took some time away from the mat to give back to the community and work on the Bristol Ministry Mall last month. The Ministry Mall is located near the Bristol Train Station and provides hundreds of community members in need with everyday provisions.
Members of the King men's wrestling team worked on improving the building for most of the day by scraping paint off the outside walls, caulking holes, and painting the building. There were 32 members of the team helping with the project.
"I think it's a good opportunity to use skill set and work ethic to help the community by being involved," said head wrestling coach, Nate Moorman. "It helps with team building and community awareness."
Graduate assistant Justin Farrara worked the event and supervised. "I made sure the guys were moving and working together and doing what was needed to be done," said Farrara. "We were there for about seven hours, so everyone was busy."
"It was nice because everyone on the church staff thought we did a great job," stated Farrara. "The guys enjoyed being there and just wanted to give back to the community. Then, the Rotary Club invited Nate [Moorman], me and a couple other guys to the Rotary Club to be recognized for the team's work, so that felt good."
"It felt good to be recognized by the Rotary Club and for what your guys do, especially with it not being on the mat," said Moorman.
The Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, the Higher Faith Ministries Clothes Closet, and the Tri-Cities Diaper Bank, all of which are independent from one another, are located at the Bristol Ministry Mall.
In November alone, the Higher Faith Ministries Clothes Closet provided clothing and household items to nearly 1,000 people.