Women's basketball team gives back to local community

  WJU News
  Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:05 AM
  Service, WJU News, Athletics

Wheeling, WV

The women's basketball team at Wheeling Jesuit University participated in a community service day yesterday, Dec. 17, in Wheeling. The team visited the Welty Home, an assisted living community for senior citizens, in the morning and traveled to a local children's home in the afternoon.
Despite being able to go home for Christmas break, these student-athletes decided to stay on campus and give back to the local community during this holiday season. 
"It’s always good to give back to the community, especially to the ones who helped build Wheeling into the city it is today. The little time we had with them played a bigger role in their lives than we all expected," said Aaliyah Sadler, a senior member of the women's basketball team. 

The young women also spent time with some local youth. Sadler explained, "Playing basketball with the children brightened their day as well as ours. In life, you can never be too kind or too fair because everyone you meet is carrying some kind of struggle. We wanted to bring some happiness into their lives and help them forget about the hard times they are going through, even if it was just for a short period of time." 

The team had the opportunity to sit down and talk to each of the residents at the Welty Home and hear past stories and the wisdom they have learned throughout their lives. 

"We wanted to spend time with both ends of the age spectrum by visiting the Welty Home and then Wheeling Children's Home. Both are great institutions that care for the people of the greater Ohio Valley. Welty was tremendous as the residents shared their personal stories while playing Bunco. We met a local doctor who was an avid skier, a couple that gave our kids advice on how to be married for 72 years, and a spunky widow who was quick witted and told us of her family traditions of making ravioli. We shared laughs while singing Christmas songs," said Michael Llanas, head women's basketball coach. 

Llanas added, "The Children's Home was a story of hope as many of the boys ages 12-17 have their whole life ahead of them. The players were able to listen to the boys and their stories of struggle. We were there to lend a positive hand of encouragement while shooting some hoops. It was a great experience for all of us." 
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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