In line with the university's initiative of community service, all of GW's 23 varsity teams commit time to give back to the district. On October 13th, the GW Gymnastics team spent much of its day assisting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Light The Night' event in Washington, D.C.
'Light The Night' is a series of fundraising walks of varying length held across the country. The event gets its name from the way that its volunteers illuminate the night sky by distributing glowing balloons to participants who raise $100 or more for the cause. The walks are held each fall and welcome individual, group, and corporate supporters. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society uses funds raised to help fuel its support and research efforts for those battling cancer.
'Light The Night' has become an annual event for GW's gymnastics team.
"We have participated in this event the last four years, and I believe the team participated in years before as well," said senior Stephanie Stoicovy. "They recognize our name and always welcome us back when we ask if we can volunteer."
The team devoted their time to the children present at the event by operating the Kid Zone. This duty included assisting and supervising activities such as Dance Dance Revolution, spin art and bracelet making, and many other games. The Colonials enjoyed working with the children and look forward to continuing their annual participation in 'Light The Night.'
"It felt great to give back to our community right here in D.C.," said Stoicovy. "It was very nice to see the smiles we helped put on the children's faces! Everyone should make time to give back to the community and help others; as our volunteer shirts said, 'I walk because someone's life depends on it.'"
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