JACKSON, Tenn. - 8/19/2005 - The Union University men’s soccer team halted their preseason two-a-day practice schedule on Friday to help raise money for a friend and his family. Titus Bartos, a recent graduate of Union, was in a car accident in mid August that took the life of his mother, Maria Bartos. Bartos’ mother was in town from Romania to attend her son’s upcoming wedding.
The funds that head coach Dr. Darin White and his players earn today will go towards bring five siblings from Romania to Atlanta, Georgia for the funeral of their mother.
The team is doing all sorts of outdoor labor such as any kind of yard work in return for donations. The team requested people who were interested, and by the afternoon on Friday, the team had requests for 33 different jobs. Coach White stated, “We’ve been running ragged all morning.” The team has logged approximately 250 combined man hours on different projects today.
Union’s assistant coach and former player, Clovis Simas is one of the few on the team that remember Bartos as a student. “He’s is such a great guy and a very talented person,” says Simas. “We became very good friends when he gave piano lessons to my daughter.”
When hearing of the news of the accident and death of Bartos’ mother, Coach White and the team were in the midst of practice. The team stopped the practice and had a time of prayer for the family. After the time of prayer, some current players who know Bartos from the international program at Union and were burdened to do something for him and the family. “This was basically the players’ idea,” added Coach White. “Sometimes community service projects don’t go over well with everyone. However, of the 40 guys making up the varsity and junior varsity teams, I’ve not heard one complaint. It’s just great to see the guys work so hard for such a great cause.”
The team is still taking donations for the family into next week in hopes of covering the cost of getting all five siblings to the funeral from Romania. If you would like to contribute to the Bartos Family, please contact Dr. Darin White at 731-661-1225.
Phone: (731) 661-5027
Fax: (731) 661-5182