JACKSON, Tenn. – Aug. 16, 2005 – The men’s soccer team at Union University will do yard work and other odd jobs around Jackson on Friday, Aug. 19, to raise money for the family of Titus Bartos, whose mother was killed in a car accident last week.
Bartos, 23, graduated from Union University in May and was supposed to have been married last weekend. A native of Romania, Bartos’ parents had come to the United States for his wedding.
But his mother, Maria, died Aug. 10, just three days before the scheduled wedding. Now her funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, in Atlanta, and Titus and his fiancée, Laura Dennison, will marry the next day.
With five siblings, the cost for the entire family to come to the funeral and the wedding is high. Darin White, the men’s soccer coach at Union, said many of his players are friends of Titus and want to do what they can to help the family financially.
White said the team’s Aug. 19 practices would be canceled. The team is looking for people in the Jackson area who need their lawns mowed or help with other light chores around their homes. Donations will be accepted for all work done, with all proceeds going to the Bartos family.
“We’re not skilled labor, but we are 40 guys who can do pretty much anything,” White said. “We’ll work from sun up to sun down if there’s enough work.”
Anyone interested in scheduling the soccer players to work around their home or business on Friday, Aug. 19, can call White at (731) 661-1225.
Due to worsening weather conditions, the Jackson campus will close at 3:30 p.m. today.
Evening classes at Germantown are canceled for tonight.
The wellness center will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and evening swim has been canceled in the aquatic center.