Lacrosse Squad Gives Back
Dec. 16, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College lacrosse team has made giving back a priority during head coach Bowen Holden'stenure. As such, the Eagles have made the most out of this offseason, participating in numerous community service activities. In the last week alone, the squad has held a fundraising clinic, made their annual trip to the Franciscan Hospital, wrapped presents for less fortunate children and played with the BC Children's Center Discovery Ducks.
"Our team does an exceptional job reaching out into the community, and I am always proud of the way in which they carry themselves in these situations," Coach Holden said.
On Dec. 11, the team held the "For Coach Billy" lacrosse clinic. The day's event was held in honor of Billy Delorie, son of Conte Forum painter Keith Annese, who passed away after suffering from muscular dystrophy on Oct. 19. All proceeds from the clinic were donated to the Framingham Pop Warner Football B Team, which Annese used to coach with Delorie, to help fund the team's trip to play in Florida.
"I am proud of the team's efforts in pulling off the clinic for Coach Billy in a very short amount of time, and I know his family is deeply appreciative, as well," Holden commented. "We are particularly grateful to the young girls and their parents for making the effort to attend and to help keep Coach Billy's spirit alive."
"The Coach Billy clinic was a lot of fun for both our team and the young players who attended," added BC captain Kristin Igoe. "Although we only had a small turnout, it was still worth it. Coach Billy was an inspiration in his fight against muscular dystrophy and it is someone like him who reminds us about the important things in life."
The following day, the BC squad took its annual trip to Franciscan Hospital to decorate holiday cookies with the children.
"Cookie decorating at Franciscan is an amazing experience," said Moira Barry, a sophomore on the lacrosse team. "It makes me feel so blessed and grateful for what I do have in life. I feel extremely fortunate to get a chance to meet these wonderful kids, who are full of heart and make me laugh the entire time.
"It is easy to lose sight of what is important during finals week, when everyone is concerned about grades and professors, but being at Franciscan for those precious two hours puts everything in perspective," Barry explained.
On Dec. 14, the Eagles spent time wrapping presents with student-athletes from several other BC teams as part of the athletics department's Adopt-A-Child Christmas Program. The lacrosse team had adopted Pascale (age 10) and Arrihanna (age 2), two of 56 children who will receive presents this holiday season thanks to BC's efforts. These two girls will be unwrapping winter coats, shirts, hats, mittens, books, dolls and an art kit, on Christmas day, courtesy of the lacrosse team.
"Helping to make local children's holidays a little more exciting with presents is fun," said junior Ali Meagher. "These programs always help us keep things in perspective. Giving back is a great way for us to help the less fortunate and make Christmas a little more special for everyone."
The lacrosse team even took some time this week to run around with the BC Children's Center Discovery Ducks, who came to Conte Forum for a tour on Dec. 15. The group of children, most around three years old, got to play in the BC Bubble with the student-athletes.
Coach Holden, who is pleased with all her team has done so far this holiday season, says she is happy to help her squad uphold the long-standing principles that Boston College was build on.
"They truly do a great job of giving back and fulfilling the Jesuit ideal of men and women for others."
To read more about the BC lacrosse program’s community service, check out Catholic Sports Journal’s feature story about the team’s trip to Franciscan Hospital, written by Sarah Menefee. To view the entire story, click here or follow the link at the top of the page.