GW Lacrosse's Giving Spirit


Nov. 24, 2015

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The Season of Giving is upon us, and this fall the George Washington lacrosse team took that to adage heart.

The squad sponsored Colonial Harvest earlier this month, collecting laundry baskets full of food and toiletries for local families in need. The Colonials have collected these Thanksgiving baskets for the last four years; however, the 2015 version expended the scope of the annual project and was the most successful yet.

"This project is important to our team because we all feel it is important to give back to our community," said junior Erin Long. "We are all very lucky to be provided with even the very basic necessities, like food and a clean place to sleep, and during the holiday season everyone should be able to have a nice meal with loved ones."

"Although we live in such a diverse city, we are often very unaware of those around us who are less privileged," junior Michaela Lynch added. "This project gives us an opportunity to become more integrated with our community, in addition to making D.C. families' Thanksgiving a little better."

The Colonials collected an estimated 3,000 food and toiletry items and also received $1,000 in cash donations. From the items collected, the team was able to make 21 Thanksgiving baskets for needy families from St. Rita's Parish in Alexandria, Virginia, and donated the remaining canned goods to the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry at the United Church. The Colonials will donate $500 to the Capital Area Food Bank and use the remainder to buy a turkey for each family from St. Rita's.

The team delivered the food to the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry last week and helped the director organize and sort the donations. The Colonials also personally delivered the Thanksgiving baskets to the families from St. Rita's on Monday.

Nearly every one of GW's varsity teams donated a basket, and the Colonials also received donations from each division of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, as well as many campus groups, including Colonial Army, the First Ladies, and several fraternities and sororities.

"This year we reached out to many organizations that we haven't contact in past years and received such positive feedback all across campus -- everyone we talked to wanted to help our cause," said Long, noting that previous years' collections included only the athletics department and its teams. "We went to practices to give teams more details, held fundraisers at campus-wide events like Colonial Invasion, reached out to organizations all across campus, and everyone pitched in to help us exceed our highest expectations. I am so thankful for the opportunity this campus has given us to help so many people and families this holiday season."

"Colonial Harvest was a memorable day," said Head Coach Tracy Coyne. "The giving spirit of the athletics department was overwhelming."



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