DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Lacrosse team works hard on the field and in the classroom, but a vital part of the team's fall routine this year is community service.
The Wolverines hosted a canned food drive, prepared meals and sorted donations for the Food Bank of Delaware, read to kids at a local elementary school, and cleaned up Kitts Hammock Beach. This time, they took shifts ringing the famous bell of the Salvation Army and collecting donations for those in need.
"Giving back feels so good knowing it's for a cause" said sophomore Taylor Speicher. "People are willing to support and give to us, giving back to them and the community doesn't take a second thought."
"We are making a mark in the classroom, the field and the community. Giving back only makes our accomplishments mean that much more," said junior Maddison Cypher. "With people willing to support us, giving back is the least we could do."
Head Coach Jillian Lontz could not agree more. The coach echoed, "Our fall has been filled with community service; it's an important part of who we are and what we are trying to instill in our student-athletes. It's about thinking more about what we can do for others than ourselves as individuals. It's a great way to develop a team mindset on the field and within the community. There are many communities and families in need, during the holidays and all throughout the year, and the Salvation Army covers a lot of ground, anything we can do to help we jump at."
Members of the community were excited to see the local college making an impact in their community. Jessica Shetzler of Dover said, "Community service brings us together and strengthens the community as a whole."
The Salvation Army is a Christian charitable organization that serves the poor and those in need. To donate, look for the red kettle and listen for the bell at your local stores.