Tue, Jun. 28, 2011 - [Women's Basketball]
Loras College student-athletes are no strangers to community service. In and around Dubuque, there are multiple individuals and teams reaching out to lend their helping hands. In 2010-11, the women's basketball team spent time at two schools in Dubuque.
At St. Columbkille Elementary School, the Duhawks helped to kick off the Live Healthy Iowa Kids program. The lady Duhawks spent time reading stories to the Holy Family Catholic Schools elementary school students about leadership.
"The women's basketball team was so very generous with their time and talents," said Jennie Weber, the counselor at St. Columbkille.
"It is important for me to provide opportunities for our student to see real-life examples of up-standing, respectful, and faith-filled leaders in our community," Weber added.
"The young women of the Loras women's basketball team gave our students a glimmer of what wonders are in store for them when they work hard in mind, body, and spirit."
At Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School, the Duhawks were involved in MAP testing in the math and science subjects for students with disabilities. By having the adults read test questions to the students, the format hopes to remove the reading variable for a better gauge of knowledge within the math and science subjects.
"Their help was invaluable and I feel so extremely lucky that we were able to use (the women's basketball players and coaches) as a resource," said Lisa Lueken, Instructional Coach and Gifted and Talented Facilitator at Roosevelt.
"They were fantastic. They worked cooperatively with students and teachers alike and were excellent role models for our students."
Head coach Justin Heinzen was equally satisfied with the time spent at the local schools.
"Our team continues to impress me with their willingness to participate in these types of things, as well as how successful they have been once they are inside the classrooms," Heinzen said.
"Over the course of this academic year, the team invested over 130 hours of their time in local schools and raised $800 to adopt 3 families from the community for Christmas," Heinzen added.
"They were committed to getting involved and eager to serve and it speaks to their values as young adults."
The women's basketball team will open their 2011-12 season on November 15 when they host University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse at 6:00 PM in the AWC.