WJU student volunteers with Miracle League

  WJU News
  Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:23 AM
  WJU News, Student Services, Athletics, Service

Wheeling, WV

Rachel Chesar, a freshman at Wheeling Jesuit University and a member of the junior varsity volleyball team, spends her free time working with children from the Miracle League at the YMCA in Wheeling. 

The Miracle League provides opportunities for children who have special needs or disabilities by offering different types of physical activities, such as sports, that they can participate in with the help of family members as well as local volunteers.  

"I enjoy getting to spend time with the children, and to see how happy they are to be there. I also really enjoy getting to see them progress and learn," said Chesar. 

Chesar is from Lore City, Ohio. After finishing her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, she plans to enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Wheeling Jesuit. 

"The volleyball team helps out a lot at the YMCA as my father runs some of the programming out there. Rachel has gone above and beyond with what we have done by helping each week with the Miracle League and the little kids sports class. She is a freshman on our JV team and is very active on campus and a great person," said Christy Benner, women's volleyball head coach. 

Chesar, along with the rest of the volleyball team, typically volunteers at the YMCA for a few hours every week.

Chesar added, "This experience has taught me how to use my studies in real world situations. It has also given me the chance to learn about people who have different and unique needs and ways in which I can help them. I'm looking forward to continuing my service with the Miracle League and seeing what the future holds."

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.

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