CHARLOTTE, NC (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Every Saturday in the fall, Virginia football provides entertainment to fans. On Wednesday, the Cavaliers took a break from Belk Bowl preparation for a different type of giving.
"We're packaging meals for the food bank in Charlotte, which has been an awesome experience," said senior punter Lester Coleman. "It's been a great opportunity for us to bond, so it's been a lot of fun."
"Just giving back," said junior quarterback Bryce Perkins, "trying to feed some of these families that don't have the opportunity to get fed consistently over the winter break."
In total, the Wahoos filled 1,500 bags of food, ranging from cans of fruit to peanut butter. Add that to the 1,500 bags the South Carolina football team filled, and the Belk Bowl participants will feed 3,000 families.
"We go through and we give out everything we can before the Christmas holiday to help the families get through the holiday break," said Second Family Food Bank Child Hunger Director Mike Oberle. "To have these teams come in and fill 3,000 backpacks for us is incredible."
The Cavaliers did turn it into a competition between the offense and the defense, to see who could fill their bags fastest. The Virginia defense came away with the sack first.
"We just made a couple judgment errors on our part," Perkins said. "I mean, it's nothing. If we went back tomorrow, I think it would be a different story."
"So the defense was a little more successful today," Coleman added. "Special teams always wins though."
Both sides of the ball could agree on one thing.
"It's really fun to be out here as a team," Coleman said. "With everyone contributing to something that's more important than wins and losses in football games."
"That's what bowl season's about," Perkins added. "It's about playing an extra game, but its also about traveling to a new place and giving back to community. So it's about more than football. It's about the community. It's about changing the world through football."