It was a bright afternoon in August when the season was just starting up, the parents of the U11 Girls White were thinking of a better way to keep the girls intact as a team and also teach them some good lessons while doing so. They all agreed that giving the girls a project each month will be very good not only will they have to work as a team but also learn about giving.
For the month of September, the Rainbow Loom Bracelet craze had just heated up and it seemed like the girls were all getting a kick out of it, so one of the parents contacted Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to find out if we could donate some Rainbow Loom Bracelets to them. The hospital agreed and asked us to send in 20 bracelets. The girls went to work starting in September at the Labor Day Nike Tournament, the U11 Girls White Team got together to make Rainbow Loom bracelets. The girls were excited to sit together in between games and make these fun, new bracelets for the kids at Lurie Children's Hospital. They all hope that their hard work brought smiles to their faces. After making all the bracelets, one of the parents mailed the bracelets to the children and Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.
In October the girls wanted to do something around the Breast Cancer Awareness month, so they decidded to "Shoot goals and Dive for Saves" for the month. Starting at the October Nike Classic event, for every diving save and goal scored this month, the girls collected pledges from their families and friends to donate an amount to the Susan G. Komen organization. The girls handed out brochures related to Breast Cancer Awareness at the Tournament. They also wore their pink longsleeve shirts and shoe laces for all the games played in October. To date they have raised $1,342.00 at an 89% of their goal. If you feel very inclined to still help us reach our goal you can visit our site to make donations, check out our team page. The girls had so much fun doing this and even put more effort into working as a team and at the end of the month they ended up with 15 goals and 11 diving saves.
Since this was the Thanksgiving month, they decided to do something around food. The parents signed up the girls and their parents to pack foods at Feed My Starving Children location in Libertyville on Thanksgiving day eve. The girls had a lot of fun packing food for other children in other parts of the world that they can't wait to visit again.
This month, the parents decided that the girls should help by volunteering or helping the less fortunate. They will also contribute to the Food Pantry project that the club is involved with as a team.
We hope each of the teams within the club will learn a thing a two from this team regarding giving. Giving can occur at any age and it takes just a little effort sometimes to give. We should also remember that there are others out there who are not as fortunate as we are. So during this time of the holidays and break, contact Coach Albert to send a contribution from the club to the Palatine Food Pantry or contribute to your local food pantry, visit the FMSC organization website, they are always in need of volunteers year round, and lastly support our team to reach our goal of $1,500.00. We are only $158 short of our goal. We know we have a lot of givers in our club and you will definitely be helping the girls in this effort. Check out our team page to make donations to the Susan G. Komen organization.
Thanks and have a happy holiday!
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