“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~Oscar Wilde
Seems like every year the parents on my sons’ travel teams talk about volunteer service ideas that we should get together and do on a weekend off. We have the best intentions of donating our time and resources to those who would benefit, and of teaching our kids the value of giving back to our communities.
Unfortunately, you know what they say about good intentions. Between never-ending fundraisers and the endless to-do’s piled up for those coveted no-tournament weekends, our volunteer ideas remain just that. Ideas.
Whenever I hear about a team converting those ideas into actions…getting together away from the ball field to do some good for their communities, it warms my heart… and tells me more about the kind of people they are than all their tournament trophies.
To all of you players and coaches who put others ahead of yourselves and donate your time and energy to lend a helping hand, here’s a huge THANK YOU!!!! May you inspire all of us to do the same.
Coach Amy Christopher of Spotsy Vipers 12U, tells of so many service projects her girls have done as a team. “Service is one of our core values! This year, we have assembled shoes for kids in Africa, collected donations for our homeless population in our county schools, painted rocks for the local oncology center, designed and sold a t-shirt to benefit our local Little League’s challenger division, and we are currently in a gift card drive for the family of an alumni of our organization who lost everything in a house fire.”
South River Seahawks travel baseball team is donating their time on December 16th to Wreaths Across America to lay wreaths on the graves at Arlington Cemetery. Click here to donate a wreath in honor of a loved one.
I’m sure there are hundreds of other teams out there who deserve a spot in this post for their good works. If you know of one, please tell us about them in the comments and we’ll be sure to include them in our next volunteer shout out.
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