The Marymount University baseball team is committed to seven days of service to the local community. To achieve this, the team is divided into seven groups, each tasked with planning an event and coordinating directly with their organization of choice to carry them out. So far the team has completed events involving C.R.i. (Choice. Respect. independence), the American Heart Association at the DC Heartwalk, and The Nationals Youth Academy. Their upcoming projects include working with Vs. Cancer (head shaving for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation), O.A.R. (a toy drive at local stores), Arlington Little League (youth baseball camp), and a Thanksgiving food drive.
“We strive to help mold our players into good people and citizens that will leave our school and continue to affect positive change,” said Cullen Moore, Marymount Assistant Baseball Coach. “Our history has shown that our heavy engagement with community organizations goes miles in accomplishing that.”
As a recent example, on October 27, 2018, ten baseball players partnered with C.R.i. to benefit residents at CRi’s Park Road program. The program serves individuals with disabilities by providing supportive housing and services to facilitate independent and dignified living in the community.
Volunteers worked together to complete multiple projects, including painting frames for bright, new décor for the recreation room, painting worn handrails, doors and trim throughout the facility, placing motivational decals on walls, decorating common spaces with fall-themed decorations, and carving a pumpkin for residents.
“Residents were excited to see the festive and beautiful décor brightening up their home,” said Brenda Sullivan of C.R.i. “It is an amazing and highly positive impact to residents having volunteers contribute their time to host these special projects.”