Foresters volunteer at Boys and Girls Home

Huntington, Ind.—Today the Huntington University women’s basketball team volunteered at the Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Inc., of Sioux City, Iowa. The team is in Sioux City for the Division II National Tournament of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

As part of the tournament activities, the NAIA encourages teams to volunteer in the city where the tournament is held.

Jenna Donaldson (far left) gives instruction to children from the Boys and Girls Home. Teirenney Fincher (center) and Brandi Gower (far right) also helped at that station.
The Foresters held a clinic for 25 children in grades first through twelfth from the Boys and Girls Home in Sioux City. The team divided up into five stations to teach basketball skills as well as the core values of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program. The values include respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

Haleigh Osborne, a freshman from Bluffton, Ind., said she most enjoyed “seeing the children smile.” Osborne taught responsibility at her station by explaining the concept and then asking the children to give examples of how to be responsible. She said most of their examples revolved around the theme of “caring for others.”

Ryleigh Carr gives instructions at her station.
Junior Courtney Beerbower of Auburn, Ind., discussed integrity at her station.

“I told them that in any environment they’re in to make sure they do the right thing,” she said.

Beerbower’s favorite part of the experience was the reaction from the children.

“When we got excited, they got excited,” she said. “We practiced competitive shooting, and whether they won or lost, they were still so excited.”

The Boys and Girls Home serves 500 children on its campuses in Iowa, Nebraska and Alaska. The organization is a non-profit, human service agency that has cared for children and families for more than 113 years. The primary focus of the Boys and Girls Home is to provide care and counseling for at-risk children and their families.

(left to right) Brita Kuiper and Lauren Davenport give instructions at their station.
The Foresters played their first tournament game at today against Jamestown College and defeated the Jimmies 64-54.

Lydia Simon and Courtney Beerbower explained integrity at their station.

(left to right) Brita Kuiper and Lauren Davenport teach defensive skills at their station.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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