GW women's water polo seniors Katherine Berry and Megan Brolley and sophomore Hannah Cox spent last weekend serving the D.C. community.
The trio on Sunday volunteered at DC Central Kitchen, the largest homeless shelter in the country which feeds over 5,000 people twice a day. Together, they cut the skin off 2,000 acorn squash for a meal that also included Salisbury steak mixed with couscous, onions and gravy.
"Of all the community service I have done in my life, this was the most rewarding experience" said Berry. "I felt like I actually did something to directly impact people."
Cox, Brolley and Berry at DC Central Kitchen
Berry, Brolley and Cox combined to total 40 hours of community service for the weekend, as they also volunteered at AIDS Walk Washington and Trick or Treat for Service on Saturday.
"For three student-athletes to give so much of their time to the community in one weekend is extraordinary," said GW Athletics Life Skills coordinator Ted Costigan. "We are extremely proud of their commitment to Raise High our community."
The trio was joined by senior Allison Littlejohn and freshmen Sabrina Pierce and Maddy Johnson bright and early Saturday morning at AIDS Walk Washington, where they assisted with registration. Later that day, most of the women's water polo team took part in Trick or Treat for Service, an annual pre-Halloween October event in which students go door-to-door in the neighborhoods surrounding the Mount Vernon Campus to collect non-perishable items and hygiene products for the Capital Area Food Bank.
"Trick or Treat for Service was an event that some athletes attended last year and I was really looking forward to getting my team to participate this year," said Berry. "We all dressed up in costumes and everyone had a blast."