Women's Soccer - Tue, Nov. 2, 2010
Georgetown College women's soccer knows a group achieves more than an individual.
The team has formulated several committees on the team to organize and plan ways to better utilize the group aspect - one of which is designed to come up with service projects. This past Friday the Tigers got the chance to do an outreach event a year in the making.
"We did a Halloween party for Shriners Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville," committee chair Madison Nation said. "We actually wanted to do it this past year, but it was right about now that the swine flu hit and hospitals weren't allowing visitors like this."
So Friday the team members that could, got dressed in Halloween costumes and made the trip to Louisville. For the children who could come out of the room, the athletes had a party room with music, games and crafts. However, it was prepared to reach as many children as possible by having a group go to other floors and hand out candy.
"It speaks volumes to their character," said GC coach Leah Crews Castleman. "It doesn't have anything to do with me. I have good kids in this program and it's awesome to be around them."
Rachel Isaacs', one of the members that went around to children that couldn't come to the party, favorite moment was a girl in isolation.
"We couldn't go in to the room, but we sent in the candy and waved from the window," the junior said. "The girl got so excited and happy. It was really touching, she yelled, ‘Thank you,' with a huge smile on her face."
Nation, who wants to be a pediatrician, had a hard time leaving.
"I had tears," she said. "I just wanted to stay with them. They were so precious."
In the party room, the children got to play bingo and bean bag toss while also getting their faces painted and decorating pumpkins.
"Caitlin (Williams, the other committee chair) and I just talked on the way back about how we look at the injuries we get during season and become so frustrated and down," Nation said. "It was just humbling to see these children with the IVs and bandages and all just full of so much life."
The junior recalls the spirit of a young burn victim that really touched her. Castleman, a new mother, also found the work Friday deeply touching.
"It pulls at your heart strings," the third-year coach said. "You just wonder, you can't help but wonder what happened. We just hope doing projects and playing some games can maybe take it off the children's minds some."
Castleman and Nation said the day went so well the team hopes to return before Christmas to visit the children again.
"It will be probably right after Thanksgiving break," Nation said. "We want to go and visit and maybe take candy canes or sing carols, do something again."
This is the second outreach project Nation and Williams have organized in the year. This past spring they held a luncheon entitled Chili for Chile to raise money for Chilean earthquake relief fund.