UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | November 08, 2022

Student athletes provide candy for local community

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The Dixie State University athletic department rounded up all of the teams for the annual Trunk-or-Treat event for the community Wednesday night.

Each athletic team for Dixie State dressed up in a different theme and passed out candy from trunks of their cars. This two-hour event is a way for the athletes and DSU to be involved with the community and have a little fun while doing it.

“We do this every year to have a little fun and give back to the community,” said Community Engagement Director Derek Dawes. “It’s just one of the only nights [during] the whole year that all of the teams can be here. So we just do something fun and kind of let loose a little bit before things get really crazy. ”

More than 1,000 people attended the event last year. Dawes said he thought this event had about the same result.

“People from all over come and we just have fun,” Dawes said. “This year we have kind of amped it a little bit.”

The athletic department had a contest for the best dressed team, which won a trophy, or in this case, a Halloween gnome. Teams dressed up in themes such as Disney princesses, cowboys and Indians, and the Smurfs. The baseball team won this year with its theme of “Willy Wonka.”

“This is a really good experience because all of the community can come out and meet all of the athletes because sometimes they really don’t get that opportunity,” said football player Kendall Prescott, a junior communication major from Kamas. 

Not only do the community members enjoy their time at this event, but the athletes also enjoy the community and the atmosphere there.

“It’s a great opportunity for us as athletes to get out here and see all of the little kids in their costumes and give them candy for Halloween,” said golfer Jesse Porch, a senior communication major from Florence, Mont.