FAYETTEVILLE – The spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday was not lost on the Arkansas men’s basketball team on Thursday as the team visited the Washington County Juvenile Justice Center in Fayetteville during the noon hour.
Prior to Thursday afternoon’s practice session, members of the Razorback team and staff caravanned to the Justice Center and served Thanksgiving dinner. The players then sat with those that they served and spoke to them for more than 30minutes before heading back to Bud Walton Arena.
This is the second year in a row that the Razorbacks have visited the Justice Center. Last season Arkansas also made the trip on Thanksgiving Day. While most of the team was in a pair of pods, sophomore forward Marshawn Powell took it upon himself to visit another pod and sat for more than 15 minutes speaking one-on-one with the person he was visiting.
"Reaching out to the community is something that is very important to the staff and players," Arkansas Director of Student-Athlete Development Scotty Thurman said. "Coming to the Juvenile Justice Center is something that I am proud that we can do to reach out. Doing something like this shows our players how fortunate they are to play for and represent the University of Arkansas."