Taylor Booth instructs children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany (photo courtesy Taylor D'Alfonso)
April 15, 2014
The Siena Women's Soccer team has kept busy during the offseason, giving back to a local community that has given so much to them. The Saints have formed a continuing partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany.
Over the past two months, nine student athletes made a total of six visits to the Boys and Girls Club, putting on soccer clinics and focusing on the ideas of leadership, sportsmanship, healthy eating, communication and teamwork.
"We've always been involved in community service events, but really wanted to branch out and partner with an organization to create a sustainable relationship that would allow us to have a deep and meaningful connection," said rising senior captain Taylor Booth who organized the partnership. "By the end of the semester the kids were completely comfortable with us and that was when the partnership was at its best. It was a huge success and we all can't wait to work with them again."
Booth is working with the ACE (Academic Community Engagement) Office at Siena College in spearheading an initiative to civically engage athletes in the community and non-profits of the greatest need. The women's soccer program is the first team to be involved in the effort.
Recently the children and their parents came out to support the Saints at their last spring game to celebrate a successful first year of what that Saints hope will be a lasting partnership for years to come.