From Hoops to Volunteering

Published 01/20 2014 06:26PM

Updated 01/21 2014 08:30AM

Each Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students have the day off from school. For some it's a day to sleep in. For others, it's a chance to give back to the community like the Lady Archers of Southside high school. The varsity girl’s basketball team is putting down the balls to pick up a duster, and to fold a few towels.

"We’re just helping restock so when people come in to get their stuff it'll be clean already," said 12th grade student on the team, Malaia Jackson.

The Mustard Seed is a furniture bank that thrives on donations. As executive director, Suzie Jordan puts it, the help is always welcome.

"We have a very small staff, we're a very small non profit here in Fort Wayne but we serve a lot in our community," said Jordan. “Extra hands are always great at the Mustard seed but today its extra special to have the lady archers here to help us out."

Head Coach Juanita Goodwell pushes her team to do more than win games.

"Basketball is what they enjoy doing but we also try to give them the opportunity to see what else is out there,” said Goodwell. “This organization definitely thrives on volunteers so it was a good fit for us. It gives them something to take beyond high school."

The team is also gaining from the experience.

"It’s helping out with our team bonding which is going to be beneficial during the season," said 12th grade student Nahja King.

The team not only volunteered their time, but they also donated about 300 towels. The Mustard Seed is always in need of more donations. The furniture bank is in great need of large comforters in full, queen and king sizes. All donation can be dropped off at 3636 Illinois Road in Fort Wayne.


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