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Widener to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with community service, reflection

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Widener University students will participate in a number of community service and tribute events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Chester, Pa. – Widener University will take part in a number of community service and tribute events over the coming days to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Since the university is closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of the day, students will use the time to mark the occasion throughout Chester.

"King's connections to Chester are strong, having studied at the former Crozer Theological Seminary," said Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement Gretchen Mielke. "At Widener, we are honored to carry on his legacy, as our students fan out across Chester for civic engagement projects and to give back to the community we're proud to call home. There's really no better place to do MLK Day work than right here."

Friday, Jan. 12

• Physical Therapy Mobility Clinic: Students in the Widener Institute for Physical Therapy Education will host their annual MLK Day of Service Mobility Clinic on Friday, Jan. 12 in various locations throughout Chester. The student-run mobile clinic will visit 10 community partner sites to provide health and equipment checks for individuals in need. Accompanied by a faculty mentor, groups of four or more students will perform blood pressure screenings and mobility device cleanings and assessments for devices, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches and canes.

Monday, Jan. 15

• Hoops from the Heart: The university's men's and women's basketball teams are among four colleges hosting the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day "Hoops from the Heart" basketball clinic for boys and girls in first through eighth grade. Children will learn the fundamentals of basketball from Widener's players and coaches. Proceeds from the clinic will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, a non-profit agency that provides services to needy families and individuals in the community. Since the initiative started in 2002, it has raised over $100,000 for CAADC programs. The athletes will also bring non-perishable food donations for the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, one of CAADC's emergency housing programs. The clinic is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday in the Widener University Schwartz Athletic Center.

• 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service: Widener University's Black Student Union will host the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service. The service will be led by senior Destiny Saunders, president of the Black Student Union, and will include reflections, dance and song. The service will be held in Alumni Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Monday.

• Day of Service in Chester: Widener University students will be taking part in a number of service activities in Chester from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday. Organized by the Office of Civic Engagement, students will be going to service sites, including The Boys and Girls Club, Cityteam and Third Presbyterian Church, as well as Chester's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee's celebration at the Chamber Foundation.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,