Alternative To Spring Break: Habitat For Humanity
Published: 3-5-2010 9:15 am
Cancun. South Padre Island. Acapulco. Breckenridge. Las Vegas.
Sound like a dream spring break?
The usual spring break getaway usually involves the sand and the sun somewhere far from the still snow-covered fields surrounding Wayne.
For six Wayne State College student athletes, their spring break trip will certainly be a dream come true. Just not for themselves. And not on a beach.
Wayne State College student athletes Paige Barry (women’s golf), Andy Jansen (track), Drew Molacek (football and track), Samantha Mueting (soccer), Kevin Paulsen (football) and Emily Walker (soccer), accompanied by WSC head soccer coach Molly Grisham, will be traveling to Oklahoma City next week to participate in a local Habitat for Humanity project.
Kevin Paulsen, a red-shirt freshmen from Pierce, is looking forward to traveling someplace new and contributing time to help others.
"I want to say that I’ve done more than just go to college. I want to take advantage of this opportunity."
This will be a first for spring break trips for Stanton native Drew Molacek. "Helping people have a place to live can change their lives," he said.
Sophomore Samantha Mueting from Lincoln, knows that life will be full of fun and exciting trips. "Right now with where I am at in my life, I believe I should spend my time helping others who truly need it," Mueting said.
"We will be able to walk away from this trip with the satisfaction of knowing that we helped create a home that a family can start their memories in," said junior Beatrice native Emily Walker.
Coach Grisham is organizing the event and believes that a coach’s job is to help student athletes reach their full potential, in sports and in life.
"This trip will move our athletes out of their comfort zone – that’s where the real growth takes place."
The trip, the first one of its kind for the WSC Athletic Department, will allow the Wildcat athletes to get to know each other better and reach out to student athletes across the Midwest through this adventure.
"Giving back to the community is good for Wildcat Athletics and good for Wayne State College," Andy Jansen, a sophomore from Omaha, said.
Jansen believes that after this trip more WSC student athletes will become involved in this type of work. "Perhaps New Orleans or Haiti. Think of how that would promote Wayne State College’s name in the region."
"The trip will provide an opportunity to meet other people involved in the Habitat for Humanity movement," sophomore Paige Barry of Battle Creek said.
Whatever this spring trip holds for this group of travelers, one thing’s for sure. Lifelong friendships will be forged in a town flanked by Oklahoma wheat fields.
Now that sounds like a dream come true.
To follow the WSC Habitat for Humanity trip, which runs March 7 – 14, log onto www.wscwildcats.blogspot.com. For those individuals interested in contributing to future trips, contact Molly Grisham at 402.375.7506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.