JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Over the Christmas break, the Mount Pisgah girls’ varsity basketball team learned teamwork off the court and got into the holiday spirit by volunteering at a local church.
The team helped prepare meals for 140 homeless men, women and children.
“It is my goal every year to do some sort of service project with my basketball team,” said head coach Jennifer Osborne.
The first year Osborne was at Mount Pisgah, the team ‘adopted’ a family and went to Walmart to buy presents and other items on the family’s wish list. The next year, the Lady Pats went to downtown Atlanta and served a prepared meal for battered women and their children and then sat down to have conversations about their lives.
This year, they decided to go to a church in Smyrna that houses women and children and also feeds a men’s homeless shelter.
“We had to go to the grocery store, buy the food, prepare the food and then serve the food to 140 homeless men, women and children,” Osborne said.
“The girls were also able to go outside and play basketball with the kids, and they all loved it,” she said. “It was amazing to see how the interaction between the girls and children was so genuine.”
The girls loved the experience and valued being able to give back what they had to others, she said.
“It felt good [to be able to help others] because I know I’m privileged to be able to go there and help,” said freshman Dakota Williamson.
Fellow freshman Paige Peterson said, “We take a lot of things for granted. We are extremely blessed.”
Senior Taylor Latham added, “I think the small things count the most. The little things we did for the women and children there made a big impact.”
Osborne said the experience has truly brought the team closer and has provided something good for these girls who love basketball.