When the current new cycle has the criminals from 'Cuse stabbing eaching other, its heartwarming to see our guys trying to make DC a better place. This article is from August, but I thought it was worth sharing with the Casuals after brought to my attention by my Hoya roommate at Sports Doing Good .
Led by Head Coach John Thompson III, the entire men's basketball team and coaches and staff hopped in vans and headed downtown to SOME, one of 30 locations in the Nation's Capital where the aim is "restoring hope and dignity one person at a time."
"The D.C. community supports us tremendously and we didn't look at this as an ‘experience'" Thompson said. "We just wanted to come down and help out as much as we can. A lot of times all of us take for granted or lose sight of how fortunate and blessed we are and what we have. Being that we have been given a lot, it's our obligation to help out and give back as much as we can."
During three separate lunch shifts, Coach Thompson and his players served lunch, refilled water and coffee, handed out sandwiches, washed dishes and cleaned up tables to set up for the next shift of people coming in for lunch.
"It was a great team-building experience for us to come out here and help the people who aren't as fortunate and give back to the community," center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) said. "You see a lot of smiles on their faces. It's good to know that you can help people in just a short period of time by just giving them food."
It was an eye-opening experience for the players, who chatted with people as they came in and had lunch. Many of the people who came in for lunch thanked them for coming, remarked on how big the players were and said the Hoyas were their favorite team.
For current students and DC locals, if you haven't worked with S.O.M.E(So Others Might Eat), check it out . Its a great organization to support.
Stay Casual, my friends.