Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/20/12
For Brett Manney, it’s all about giving back to the community.
The defender on the Philadelphia Wings spent part of Friday morning giving a lacrosse demonstration at Easter Seals Bucks County in Levittown.
Students had the opportunity to play catch with Manney and check out his lacrosse gear.
“When you work with kids with disabilities it’s an eye-opener,” said Manney, who is also the Director of Communications for NXTsports. “It makes you realize how fortunate you are.
“Those kids are so happy despite all of their problems and they’re so happy to have someone come in to do something with them. To see what they go through and how happy they are in spite of it is really inspiring.”
Manney is from Bucks County, having grown up in Newtown and graduating from Holy Ghost Prep in 2004 before starring at the University of Delaware.
“I always want to give back and it’s great to have the opportunity to do so in the area I grew up in,” he said.
“I think I speak for my whole team when I say that we don’t think we’re above anyone else. Whenever there’s a community event we always have guys who are willing to do them and not because they have to but because they really want to try to make a difference to someone.
“We want to shine a good light on lacrosse and on our team but the bottom line really is that you’re trying to make a difference in someone’s life and that’s the most rewarding part of it.”
The staff at Easter Seals was as thrilled to see Manney as the students were.
“This really made the kids’ day,” said Melody Katz, a physical therapist at Easter Seals. “They had a great time and it’s always very important for them to see and do new things so this really was a big thing.”