Bearkat student athletes are challenging Sam Houston State University students and Huntsville community to support a food drive which will benefit the Huntsville Good Shepherd Mission.SHSU varsity sports are sponsoring a canned food drive that will begin Nov. 11 and run until the last home football game, when the Bearkats take on Southwest Texas on Nov. 23.Chris Thompson, assistant athletic director for academic services, said the student athletes want to give back to the Huntsville community. “The thing I think that a lot of people forget is that they just see our athletes on the field, but they forget how many community service projects these kids really do,” Thompson said. “The kids want to give back to the Huntsville community, that is their mission and it is something that they really, really strongly believe in.”Any student or community member who attends a home sporting event will be asked to drop off a canned good at the game, she said. Food drop off boxes will be located at the game entrances. Senior Alice Johnson, secretary and treasurer of the student athletic advisory committee, said the teams are challenging each other and the Huntsville community to see who can collect the most food. “The main thing is we are benefiting the Good Shepherd Mission, and I would encourage everyone to go out and help those that are in need,” Johnson said. “Instead of throwing food away, give to people who really need it.” Community members can drop off non-perishable items at First National Bank, located at 1300 11th St., KSAM radio station, at 3303 Interstate 45, or in the SHSH athletic department located on campus. “To make it fun, between the volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football, we are going to go by who has the most weight, not the most cans. We are going to weigh all the cans at the end for a little contest,” Johnson said.Participants can drop off items at the home game for volleyball on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., men’s basketball on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., women’s basketball on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. and the Bearkat football game on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.