CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team furthered its extensive community outreach record with more involvement over the month of November. Over the past couple weeks, the Cougars embarked on a cleaning mission at the Ronald McDonald House Charities and joined with Our Sandy Toy Mission to deliver toys over the Holidays to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“I am so proud of this team; they are so giving,” said head coach Shelly Hoerner. “They want to help out people in any way they can. They have taken on these community service projects on their own and ran with them. We have great leadership on this team and that has shaped us into what we are - passionate, giving and cohesive.
“Our program has always given back to the community throughout the year but especially around the Holidays. Also, when hard times occur like Hurricane Sandy, it’s very important to help in any way. We are fortunate to do what we do in college athletics so giving back is always better than receiving.”
The players, without request or demand, volunteered their time to help around the Ronald McDonald House Charities facilities with an all-inclusive cleaning project. The Cougars knew the RMHC staff would be busy over the coming Holiday season, so the players alleviated this by contributing some extra sets of hands to clean and organize the facilities.
“I chose this charity because I knew the Ronald McDonald House was extremely busy and could use support from volunteers during the Holiday season,” said freshman Chandler Frisbie, one of the organizers of the project. “Having our team volunteer was extremely helpful to the organization since we have such a big group; we were extremely productive and got a lot done. I saw it make a positive impact on not only the families there, but our team as well and it felt good to give back to the community.”
The Cougars have also teamed with Our Sandy Toy Mission, a group started out of Staten Island, N.Y., with the mission of aiding families affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The Cougars pooled their own money and fundraising efforts to purchase new toys to brighten the Holiday season for those families.
"There is no better feeling knowing that we are contributing to bringing happiness to those who didn't think they would see any this holiday season,” said senior outfielder Kristy Giragosian.
“It's a very small gesture that we’re doing but it's going to go a long way and make families, especially children, extremely happy and grateful that there are people who are willing to help them,” added Alex Pizzoli, a sophomore on the squad.
These self-motivated projects are two of many the Cougars have already done and will continue to do this season. A brief photo album from these two endeavors is available, here.