WASHINGTON - Members of the Gallaudet University women's soccer team took time out of their vigorous schedules this month to give back to the community.
The team hosted two clinics at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) to teach students of different ages and skill levels the fundamentals of the game.
During the first clinic, the team worked for an hour with pre-K and kindergarten students to practice and develop their basic soccer skills. During the second clinic, the teams worked with groups of students ranging from 1st to 5th grade, focusing on skills such as passing, advanced dribbling and ball control.
"A teacher at heart, I have fond memories of working with students at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School. It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to have the opportunity for the women's soccer program to work with and inspire young deaf and hard of hearing student-athletes," said Gallaudet women's soccer head coach Liza Offreda. "Our players enjoyed many teaching moments and had a wonderful time sharing their love for the game. We look forward to connecting with those students again through clinics or going into the classroom to read to them. Our players understand the importance of success in the classroom and aspire to share their experiences with Kendall students."
The team combined for eight hours of community service.
Bison women's soccer student-athlete volunteers
- Neha Balachandran
- Katie Bigelow
- Brittany Mallach
- Deltona Markel
- Cyndie Rieder
- Ashleigh Warden
- Caitlyn Wheeler