University to Host Popular Back-to-School Event, Basketball Clinic with Hall of Fame – University of Lynchburg


A Lynchburg student hands out free shoes during the 2020 Building Our Community Together back-to-school event in downtown Lynchburg.

Local families will once again have access to free shoes and school supplies during the annual Back to School Building Community Together event. Sponsored by One Community One Voice and hosted by Lynchburg University, this year’s event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 at Shellenberger Field.

Event attractions include live entertainment, prizes and fun activities for everyone. Teachers from schools in the city of Lynchburg and surrounding areas will be there to welcome students back to school.

“People and organizations in our area are eager to come together to help our friends in need,” Dr. James Camm, pastor and founder of Living Word Ministries, wrote in a letter to community partners.

Alison Morrison-Shetlar Samaritan's Feet
On her first day in office, President Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar volunteered at the 2020 Building Our Community Together back-to-school event in downtown Lynchburg.

“We face serious problems of poverty and unemployment, which are compounded by rising costs for food, housing, fuel and transportation. … We hope that our community in Region 2000 will be an example for other regions to build a community together.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, kids ages 8 to 16 can also attend a basketball clinic with Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins at the Turner Gymnasium. The cost is $15.

To reserve shoes or register for the basketball clinic, call 1.888.837.3913. Area organizations that serve youth and families are encouraged to reserve exhibit space to provide information and opportunities that will help students and their families succeed in their school year.

Free shoes, school supplies, t-shirts and exhibitor bonuses will be provided while supplies last. For more information, contact Clay Coleman at [email protected]

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