NASHVILLE--- Members of the Tennessee State University women's basketball team spent part of their Sunday afternoon volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.
Lady Tiger coaches and players made brownies, cookies and cupcakes for the families that the Ronald McDonald House serves. They also spent time talking with some of the families that were present.
“Today was extremely fun,” said senior guard Diamond Beatty. “We got a chance to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House and the impact they have on kids and families. It allowed us to give back and we also were able to bond as a team. It's important for us to give back because we're able to make a difference in someone else's life. It allows us to realize that no matter how tough you may think your life is, someone else may be going through something much tougher. It lets us see that a little bit goes a long way. We made cookies and cakes for kids and families that are a part of the Ronald McDonald House. Hopefully that puts a smile on their face.”
Assistant women’s basketball coach Jessica Davis, who set up the community service outing, expressed her excitement about the team visiting Ronald McDonald House.
“To see our team come together for a cause much greater than themselves is a great feeling,” said Davis. “We take so many things for granted when there is actually a bigger picture… and in this situation its innocent children dealing with problems they didn't choose to have. The feeling of giving back is like no other. To be able to give back and make a difference in someone's life is a feeling I value daily. I know it adds tremendous value in the growth of a community, while making your day that much better”
Ronald McDonald House, a social services organization located on Fairfax Avenue, provides an affordable “home away from home” and other resources for families and their children in need.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is to “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville area hospitals.
More Lady Tiger Quotes
“Today's community service was different than what we normally do. We had a more hands on way of helping by baking for the Ronald McDonald House. Everyone enjoys sweets and it's even more fun to make them when you're with your teammates. It's important to give back to the community because there are people out there that aren't as fortunate as us, or have the opportunities we have. No matter how tough we might think our lives are; there’s always someone else that has to face challenges that are even tougher than ours. Giving back to the community helps us grow as people and a chance to make other happy!”
-Freshman Guard, Rekha Berry
“ Today's community service event was really great to be a part of. It was nice to have the team together and spend some time having fun and giving back to the community. As Division I athletes, you are examples for the young people in your community. It's important to give back because we had those same role models when we were young to help us get to where we are, and to show us what great student athletes are. It's important to be the best examples we can for the young people looking up to us.”
-Junior Forward, Samantha Palma
“ I think it was great team bonding and it was nice to give back. It's important because we don't realize how much we have in life and how blessed we are until we're apart of helping out others. And then meeting some of the families and knowing that you're giving them a hand and making everybody happy, especially the children, makes you want to go back there and do it more often. It's just a good feeling.”
-Junior Forward, Tiana Parker