The volleyball team has spent the last couple of months volunteering at various places in Philadelphia. In February, the team volunteered at Chosen 300 Ministries, which distributes meals to the homeless. The Owls helped set up for breakfast and all had different roles, including making and serving the food and cleaning up afterward.
Other volunteering events were at the SHARE Center Warehouse in Northwest Philadelphia, where the team packaged food for the needy, and at Northern Children’s Services, an after-school program where the Owls helped children with their homework and taught them volleyball rules, regulations and terms. The team passed out packets full of word searches and math problems, and each athlete partnered up with the boys and girls to assist in their completion in the packets.
“When you get into it, you get nervous and don’t know what to do at first, then while you’re doing what you’re doing, you get to have a lot of fun with it,” freshman Caroline Grattan said. “When the community in Philadelphia comes to our games, it’s our duty to come to them also.”
Grattan, junior Alex Schmitt and sophomore Alyssa Drachslin saidvolunteering in the community as a team is a more fun experience than independently volunteering, which all three have done. Schmitt said she is happy that the team has been volunteering a lot. Their tentative plans for the rest of the offseason include going to a local Ronald McDonald house and volunteering at this year’s Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 4.
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