Author Topic: Women's soccer team helps out family in need  (Read 926 times)

Offline David

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4229
    • View Profile
Women's soccer team helps out family in need
« on: March 07, 2007, 08:11:25 PM »
Going beyond the call of duty has always been a theme of the Kevin Sherry-coached team at Western Illinois.

The women's soccer coach is always looking for ways to improve his team not only on the soccer field and in the classroom, but also inside the player's hearts. The women's soccer team has served in many aspects of community service in the Macomb area, but what the Westerwinds did Sunday was more heartwarming and character building than anything Sherry's squad has done this year.

The 'Winds helped raise $3,116.90 for a 16-month-old Galesburg girl named Lauren Dejaynes. Lauren is in need of a bone-marrow transplant and her grandfather, Pete Smith, a Hy-Vee employee, set up a booth inside the local store to help raise funds. What Smith didn't realize was the amount of help that was on the way.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Westerwinds stood outside in close-to-freezing temperatures and made signs to bring donors inside the store. They also made eight dozen cookies to give to those who donated.

"It was so cold out there, and my ladies never complained about the rain and snow," Sherry said. "We don't do this to get patted on the back. We feel it is our responsibility to help the community however we can. It was also great to meet the family and Lauren and see who we were actually helping.

"It's this type of activity that brings teams, families and communities together for one common purpose," he added.