WASHINGTON - On Friday, July 28, the Georgetown University football team held its Men for Others Day as coaches and players participated in a pair of summer camps in the D.C. area. A contingent of Hoyas made the short trip to Anacostia for the GOODProjects summer camp while another group volunteered with the HoyaMed Summer Sports Camp.
"Georgetown is a very special place because of the people who make up our community," said Georgetown Football Head Coach Rob Sgarlata. "The Hilltop provides unique experiences for our student-athletes to grow and these opportunities breathe life into the principles of 4 for 40 and Cura Personalis. Georgetown provides the opportunity for our student-athletes to develop their mind, body and spirit in the classroom, on the field and in the community."
Offensive Coordinator Michael Neuberger and Special Teams Coordinator Maurice Banks brought a group of Hoyas to Anacostia for the GOODProjects summer camp -- GOODCamp, which is a free sports camp put on for the kids in Anacostia.
GOODProjects, which is run by Georgetown football alums Darius Baxter, Troye Bullock and Danny Wright, is a D.C.-based, nonprofit organization committed to providing opportunities daily for at-risk youth and their families to live fulfilling lives free from poverty, violence and disease. The goal of every program implemented is to increase the quality of life in the community. GOODProjects provides workforce development training, mentorship, tutoring, social entrepreneurship training, athletic development, social-emotional development, alternative environmental exposure, college readiness as well as the basic needs for families.
"It was a great day and we had fun interacting with the kids," junior defensive back Jethro Francois (Miami, Fla./Winter Haven) said. "It felt great being a role model and giving those kids an opportunity that I never had when I was younger - meeting a collegiate football player - and having a chance to truly build a bond and relationship with one. Our goal was to impact the kids but they also had an impact on us. For that, I am extremely grateful."
Defensive Coordinator Kevin Doherty also took Georgetown's players to Anacostia to participate in the HoyaMed Summer Sports Camp, where the Hoyas spoke briefly with the kids, played touch football and had some shaving cream pies thrown in their faces.
"It was great to get off campus and try to make an impact in the community," senior offensive lineman Matthew Houpert (West Hartford, Conn./William H. Hall) said. "We get so focused on school, football, work and all, it's easy to lose perspective. Days like this help us not only take a step back to appreciate what we have at Georgetown, but also step up to connect with the DC community."
The HoyaMed Summer Sports Camp is held for children, ages 5-to-13-years old, who are experiencing homelessness and living at the D.C. General Family Shelter. Activities for the campers throughout the week mostly consist of kickball, tag, soccer, flag football, track & field races and dance competitions. The camp, organized by Georgetown University medical students who volunteer as camp counselors, hopes to give back to the community and make a positive and lasting impact on the children's lives.
The camp started in the summer of 2013 as the brainchild of Paul Elsbernd (M'16), who wanted to work with children between his first and second years of medical school. Elsbernd, also a Hoya Clinic volunteer, worked with faculty members to make the idea a reality.