Step Forward Day Recap: Men's Volleyball
Sept. 10, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Step Forward Day celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Pepperdine this past Saturday, and the Waves' athletic teams were out in full force serving the community.
Thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as dozens of campus organizations, including classes, dorms, fraternities, sororities, and clubs, came together to assist nonprofit organizations, schools, churches and parks throughout Southern California.
Step Forward Day began in 1988 when two Pepperdine students recognized the need for volunteers in the local community and sought to encourage service among their peers. The projects began as small acts of service from helping to repair homes of local senior citizens to planting gardens at Webster Elementary School. Today the annual event has grown not only across Southern California, but also to communities nationwide as Pepperdine alumni step forward to help.
The men's volleyball team stayed on campus to assist with a Guinness Book of World Records attempt to build the biggest line of backpacks ever seen. The backpacks would then be sent on to children in need. Freshman Chad McCallister provided this account of his team's experience:
"For Step Forward Day, the men's volleyball team and I went to Alumni Park to help break a world record. The record that we shattered was the most backpacks laid in a row. We used more than 2,500 backpacks!
"It was an awesome event especially considering all the backpacks we used were shipped off to less economically fortunate children. Knowing that the massive amount of backpacks we set up for the record are being donated to children was a very eye-opening reality check. It served as a reality check and a good reminder of how much I have been given in my life. Also, it was a heart-warming experience knowing that the backpacks are going to go to children who truly need it."