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Community service: @Stoga_Lax boys support deployed service members

Thursday, 27th April 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/27/17

The Conestoga Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team has had a special fan cheering them on this season – Staff Sergeant Mathew Paski, Space Operations Specialist of the US Air Force currently stationed at Thule Air Base, Greenland.

Conestoga boys’ team with Staff Sergeant Mathew Paski, Space Operations Specialist of the US Air Force

Staff Sergeant Paski came to personally thank the team for its donations of “Comforts from Home” care packages sent to his troops in Greenland. He attended a practice and spoke to the players about personal integrity and teamwork, critical to success not only on the lacrosse field but more importantly on the much larger playing field of life.

Earlier this season, Pioneers 2018 midfielder Tate Kienzle coordinated the ‘Stoga Boys Varsity team’s collection of snack foods, personal items, and other small comforts from home to let our troops know that we were thinking of them. The team also sent personal notes and cards that were included with the care packages.

In conjunction with an effort by St. Norbert’s Parish, the lacrosse players’ donations were sent to three local serviceman and their troops deployed in Iraq and Greenland, including Staff Sergant Paski whose parents are Parishoners at St. Norbert. This effort led to Sergeant Paski’s involvement with the team during his recent leave.

This visit culminated in Sergeant Paski joining the team on the sidelines for their recent Central League win over Ridley, after which he presented Kienzle and the team with a “Challenge Coin” – a military tradition and honor used to acknowledge hard work and excellence.

The team plans to continue their support of Sergeant Paski and our troops long after the season ends. Several Conestoga graduates will be deploying in the next year and the team is committed to showing their support. As Kienzle said “we hope that this small gesture can help our deployed servicemen and women know that we are thinking of them and that we appreciate their service.”

In the meantime, the team will continue to try to exemplify character, integrity, teamwork and excellence –honoring the symbol of pride and fellowship gifted to them by Staff Sergeant Paski.

Tate Kienzle with Staff Sergeant Mathew Paski

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