Highlanders assist on and off the court in Florida

January 10, 2018 | 1:50 PM

The MacMurray College women's basketball team took part in the Daytona Beach Classic College Basketball Tournament on December 18-23. The team competed in the tournament as they took on Bethel University (MN) and Wheaton College (Mass.), but they chose to give up their time on the beach for the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.

Throughout the week, the women's basketball team volunteered their time helping out Daytona natives. They spent a day at the Homeless Prevention Shelter where they registered clients, sorted donations and cleaned the shelter. Another day was spent at the First Baptist Church of Daytona where they helped cook and package meals for homebound senior citizens. The team also had the opportunity to work at the Women's Resource Center, which offers free assistance to women dealing with unplanned pregnancies, where they helped clean the center and organize donations.

"This trip was about more than basketball," said Todd Sweatman, coordinator of religious life and college chaplain. "The players had the opportunity to grow as a team and serve people that they did not know; people that are in unfortunate situations that needed our help. We realized how blessed we are and that we can make a choice to put the interest of others ahead of our own, even when it's not convenient. We are deeply grateful to all who helped the team experience a wonderful week of service and basketball in Florida."

The basketball trip was made possible by the donations from many people, including families and local businesses. The team hosted a golf outing and other fundraisers while the United Methodist Church also provided a large grant to help with the expenses involved with the community service projects. 

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