Posted by: allisonbarnes | November 11, 2010

Men’s Lacrosse Helping Out One Project at a Time

I was talking with Meredith Newton the other day about some new things our teams (Women’s Lacrosse and Swimming & Diving) were doing for outreach when she mentioned my blog. She asked how it was coming along and I told her how I hadn’t heard of certain teams helping out. The first team I mentioned was Men’s Lacrosse. She began to laugh.

In our walk through campus she told me of a handful of things Men’s Lacrosse does. The team is led by Co-Community Service Directors  Thomas Wood and Logan Corey.  Together the pair help their team find opportunities to help out the community whether it’s with the Kid’s Cart at the Children’s Hospital, being apart of Carolina Dreams, or reading to second graders at Rashkis Elementary School.

Thomas Wood, who was elected Co-Community Service Director by Coach Breschi, said that outreach activities are completely voluntary.When asked if this is a problem  he said absolutely not.

“They jump at chances to help! These guys make my job easier. They make me want to be better… I couldn’t ask for a better group,” said Corey.

On Oct. 27 Men’s Lacrosse helped with the Ronald McDonald House. Below Thomas Wood, Junior Attackman, gives a first-person account on the his experience.

The Men's Lacrosse Team helps fill bags of sand for the "Light-a-Luminary" Fundraiser at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

This past Wednesday night, the UNC Men’s Lacrosse Team had the opportunity to make the short trip over to the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill. The Ronald McDonald House is wonderful.  Its underlying mission is, in some many words, to provide low-cost, temporary housing for families with children who have life threatening illnesses and are receiving specialized treatment at UNC hospitals. Believe it or not it can be tough to find a full Team community service project. Although we constantly reach out to the community in smaller groups through our work with the UNC Hospitals, 2nd and 7 Foundation, etc., it’s a challenge to find something in the area that requires the help of 45 young men all at once. Nevertheless, we found such a project at the Ronald McDonald house.

Half of the team helped fill sand bags (for luminaries) for the Light-a-Luminary Event in December, while the other half tackled yard work. Zander Walters wielding a weed-eater was definitely a site, as was Connor Hunt with a leaf blower. Kidding aside, it’s pretty amazing how much can get done (in a very short time) when you put 45 guys to work. In about an hour we filled up hundreds of bags of sand, raked up almost all the leaves around the facility, and helped trim most of the hedges. While we didn’t directly interact with the families on this particular trip, Coach Holman stressed to us the importance of our time there.  Hopefully our work helped lighten the load of the staff at the Ronald McDonald House, and ultimately made their jobs a little bit easier. Just being around such a place is a tremendous reminder of how lucky we are to be healthy, student-athletes at Carolina.

I couldn’t help but noticing a very powerful quote on the website, and I’ll close with this: “The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill doesn’t tell success stories. We don’t measure things in happy endings. We tell stories of life in balance, where happiness meets sadness and fear inspires strength. Our stories are about being at home; our guests’ stories are about traveling afar. We meet in the middle to help each other along the way.” I really enjoyed our time at the Ronald McDonald House and look forward to our return in the near future.

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