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Great Valley boys’ lacrosse gives back with service projects

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/22/17

The Great Valley Boys Lacrosse team is excited to welcome new coach, and Great Valley alumni, Ben Walton. Coach Walton brings a great deal of enthusiasm to his new role and has a strong sense of leadership. Several activities have already taken place to promote team unity and this year’s service project is just one example.

Great Valley boys lacrosse team

With the appointment of Coach Walton, the team decided they wanted to make a difference both on and off the field and developed a service project that would allow them to give back to the community and to those who are less fortunate.

The service project followed a three pronged approach and partnered with the Cradles to Crayons organization whose mission is to provide children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play.

To this end, Phase I of the service project consisted of team members giving time on a December Saturday to go “Santa Shopping”. Sponsored by the Lacrosse Booster Club and also their own monetary contributions, teammates divided into small groups and went shopping for new clothing and toys to be delivered to Cradles to Crayons. Each group was tasked with budgeting their money so that their “Santa Sack” was filled with practical items such as underwear or socks, a warm winter clothing item, a crafty item such as crayons or coloring books, items for infants, and traditional toys.

Phase II of the service project established an ongoing donation drive of gently used children’s clothing and books from team families that was combined with the new items purchased.

The final step of service project took place on February 18 when the team volunteered at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse in Conshohocken. The boys delivered all of their donations and then spent the afternoon sorting, inspecting, and testing in a hands-on service activity.

The service project, along with other fun activities have met the goals of promoting team unity and community outreach. The team is looking forward to the lacrosse season and playing for Great Valley.

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