GW Women's Hoops Volunteers at White House Easter Egg Roll


April 8, 2015

It wasn't just another Monday in D.C. for GW women's basketball on the day after Easter as the squad was invited to spend the spring afternoon on the South Lawn of the White House for the 137th Annual Easter Egg Roll.

Alongside notable athletes like Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Wizards John Wall and Paul Pierce and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, the Colonials volunteered in the "Eggtivity Zone," encouraging children who were running through an obstacle course and participating in drills through the NFL's Play 60 campaign.

"It was great to be able to help kids learn some of the drills I remember doing during football practice," said sophomore Hannah Schaible, a former high school flag football standout. "Teach kids the basic skills of football while on the White House lawn was an amazing experience."

"It was so gratifying knowing the fun the young children were having,"sophomore Shannon Cranshaw added. "To be a part of that was really special for me."

The chance to attend an event at the most famous address in the world was not lost on the players, who were able to catch a glimpse of First Lady Michelle Obama reading to children at a different station.

"While I was helping the kids, I looked up at the White House a few times reflecting on how grateful I am for the opportunities that we have been given," said senior Lauren Chase. "Not everyone gets a chance to partake in activities like this."

"It was a once in a lifetime experience," added senior Bria Bourgeois. "To be able to volunteer with NFL players and make sure the kids had the best Easter was a great way to give back. I met (actor) Anthony Anderson and was a couple yards from the First Lady! I'm glad I can say I'm leaving GW having done so many rare things, like hanging out on the lawn of the White House."



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