June 9, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern women’s soccer team culminated its second Senior Class Project with donations to international organizations Gear for Goals and Hearts in Motion. This year’s project was spearheaded entirely by the Northwestern women’s soccer senior class, which includes Kate Allen, Maggie Graham, Sam Hatfield, Nicole Jewell, Natalie Lagunas, Bo Podkopacz and Julie Sierks.
The class of 2014 collected more than 75 sets of used uniforms and sports gear totaling more than 1,500 items for donation to those in need. One of the organizations that will receive the items, Gear for Goals, is a global program that provides sports equipment, monetary donations and coaching skills to children all over to world.
Two former NU women’s soccer players, who were part of the first Northwestern Senior Class Project, are also lending a helping hand to this year’s group. Wildcat alum Jessica Rubin (2009-12) has worked with Hearts in Motion in the past, helping them in their mission of providing health care to families around the world. Bri Westlund (2009-12) will be traveling to Guatemala in the coming months and will deliver this year’s donation from the NU women’s soccer program.
This is just one of many community service projects the NU women's soccer team volunteered its time at during the 2013-14 academic year. The Wildcats were also very active with visits to Lurie's Children's Hospital, volunteered at various Fuel Up to Play 60 events and also taught soccer skills to children at Nettelhorst Elementary along with the New Trier Youth Soccer team.
Thanks to this year's Senior Class Project and other community service efforts, this year’s NU women's soccer team recently won the NU P.R.I.D.E. Life Skills Competition. To win, student-athletes are awarded points for participating and excelling in academic excellence, athletic excellence, community outreach, professional development, P.R.I.D.E. B1G Games, S.A.A.C. P.U.R.P.L.E., Engage and other NU P.R.I.D.E Programs. The NU women’s soccer team finished first out of the 19 NU varsity programs and the competition is designed to strengthen the student-athletes in all five commitment areas of life skills: academics, athletics, personal development, career development and community service.
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