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April 07, 2017

ROAR Program Helps Service Partners in Need in Buckhannon Community

The West Virginia Wesleyan College football team is restoring the ROAR in yet another way around the Buckhannon community.  Alec Buchmelter, a senior Bobcat linebacker from Follansbee, WV, initiated a service project entitled Reach Out and Respond (ROAR) where members of the football team become involved in developing a variety of longstanding service projects.  

With the help of the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development, players select and support a service partner for the entire semester.  Partners this semester have included the Clothes Closet at the Upshur Parish House, Get Up and Get Moving at local elementary schools, the Read Aloud programs at the Stockert Youth Center and Union Elementary, among others.  Every football player is involved in the ROAR program.

ROAR was developed after Rev. Alicia Rapking, director of the Parish House, expressed a desperate need for volunteers.  Wanting to make a difference, Buchmelter’s brainchild filled the volunteer need at the Parish House while giving his teammates a viable option for service opportunities.

"The ROAR program allows the football team to receive a broader experience in the Buckhannon community,” said Buchmelter. “It helps create a more well-rounded student. Many are able to gain a great new experience while they work and help out with these service partners. This program can strongly benefit the football players by creating better communication skills within the community.”

The future plans for Reach out and Respond is to allow  other Wesleyan athletic teams to become involved.

If you are interested in joining the ROAR program or want to learn more, please contact Buchmelter at

Cutline: Buchmelter addresses the football team about the ROAR program.

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