Members of the women’s soccer team were told they would not be sleeping in for one of the mornings during their time in Kissimmee, Florida, at the NCCAA national tournament. Instead, they would be making an impact on the lives of more than 30,000 people.
The team spent the morning with seven other soccer teams at Feeding Children Everywhere, a charity in Sanford, Florida, that supplies food to children around the world. The teams packaged 33,000 meals by mixing lentils, rice, and vegetables. Some of the meals went toward international aid while others will feed victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“I was willing to serve, but I quickly became excited to serve after hearing we would be making a tangible impact on the lives of over 30,000 families around the world,” said KC Roller ’13 of Lake in the Hills, Illinois.
Roller said the eight teams brought their competitive nature to the charity as well. “Being the competitive athletes we naturally are, at one point we had to make it a competition and see which team could pack three boxes of meals the fastest,” she said.
In the bigger competition—the NCCAA national tournament—the team ended with a 0-1-2 record and 8th place, finishing with a 13-10-3 overall record.
“It was nice to be able to be on a trip for soccer, but for soccer not to be the entire focus of our trip,” said Amanda Henderson ’13 of Calgary, Alberta. “Feeding Children Everywhere was a refreshing step back from focusing on my life to thinking about serving others.”