Football team engages in community service project over Easter weekend

Under the watchful eye of Pete Christiani '13 (l.) and Vince Nistico '12 youngsters enjoying the day
Under the watchful eye of Pete Christiani '13 (l.) and Vince Nistico '12 youngsters enjoying the day

NORTH ADAMS, MA -- The Williams College Football team continued to display its dedication to community engagement and service this past Easter weekend.  As part of the Lehman Council's annual "Great Day of Service." members of the football team headed their own service project alongside the other numerous volunteer opportunities offered to the entire Williams student body.

Amongst the plethora of projects, the team members chose to devote their Saturday to the United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County, spending time with patients at their facilities in nearby North Adams, MA. The UCP of Berkshire County serves over 1500 children and adults throughout Western Mass who suffer from not only cerebral palsy, but many other disabilities that are both physical and developmental. The indiviudals represented an array of different backgrounds, including Special Olympics athletes and ages ranging from adult to young children.

Despite poor weather, the team was able to improvise and organize a day of indoor activities including an Easter egg hunt and dyeing, wii video gaming, card playing, board games, and a pizza party.

Moreover, the patients present most enjoyed having new faces around and simply interacting with the team members.  The Williams football team's efforts successfully brightened the patients' Easter weekend, and were greatly appreciated by the folks at United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County.

John Mackessy '14 shuffles the cards
for the next hand
Expert egg dyer Emmanuel Whyte '13 supervises
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