As part of their participation in the PepsiCo Showdown soccer tournament in April, members of the Huntley High School girls soccer team completed a community service project at Sage House for Autism in Cary, IL.
This year was the team’s eighth time participating in the tournament, in which participating teams are encouraged to complete a service project. In previous years, the team has run a soccer play day for students with disabilities and held fundraisers for childhood cancer.
“We play a game. Often when people are so focused on one thing they forget about the more important stuff in the world around them,” said coach Kris Grabner. “This is a way for all of us to stay grounded, put a focus on others, and keep in mind that there are more important things going on in the world than our game.”
The team worked on a spring cleanup day at Sage House, which provides intensive therapy for children with severe autism.
The team selected that opportunity in recognition of April as Autism Awareness month.
“The girls were awesome. They jumped right in, took jobs, and got to work. It was amazing how fast all of the projects were completed,” Grabner said.
For their efforts, the team was named a top five finalist for the Scott and Lynn Magnesen Community Service Award, which is presented annually in conjunction with the Pepsico Showdown. They also received kudos in the Northwest Herald for their commitment.