While the grind of being a student-athlete can often feel like success boils down to what one does in the classroom and in competition, the Yavapai College women’s basketball team recognizes that success is much more than just a grade or a point total, it’s the impact you make on others.
Last weekend, the Roughriders turned that philosophy into fruition and headed over to the Salvation Army in Prescott to volunteer some of their time for those in need.
“I once read a quote that I loved and it went along the lines of: we all drink from wells we did not dig and sit in the shade of trees that we did not plant,” Head Coach Gerrard Carmichael said. “I want my kids to not only recognize the things that benefit them due to someone else’s labor, but I want them to dig some wells and plant some trees along the way as well.”
Last Saturday, the squad did just that, helping load up a truck and packing 20-30 boxes of food that is set to soon go to those in need.
“Steve and everyone at the Salvation Army were very friendly and appreciative. Our kids had great attitudes and were also thankful for a chance to help,” Carmichael added.
The volunteer work will help provide food, shelter and clothing to those in need throughout Yavapai County, making it a very successful weekend for YC women’s basketball.
– D.J. Irwin