Play­ers chip in and hand out food to the home­less

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Monday - By Iliana Limón Romero

UCF linebacker Jeremiah Jean-Bap­tiste jumped at the chance to help.

Fel­low UCF linebacker Ta­tum Bethune’s mother de­cided to cook food to dis­trib­ute to some home­less peo­ple in Mi­ami. She needed help, so her son and Jean-Bap­tiste agreed to hand out the yel­low rice, chicken and bot­tled water in Mi­ami’s Over­town neigh­bor­hood a few weeks ago.

“We felt like it was a good time to help peo­ple out who were more in need than ev­ery­body else,” Jean-Bap­tiste said in an in­ter­view with the Or­lando Sen­tinel. “… I know it’s hard for us who have roofs [over our] heads. I know it’s harder for them. … We knew they are strug­gling to eat.”

Jean-Bap­tiste and Bethune wore masks and gloves. They car­ried a large bot­tle of hand san­i­tizer with them. They ap­proached peo­ple and of­fered them squirts of hand san­i­tizer first, then stretched out their arms to hand off the car­tons of food and bot­tled drinks.

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