Jan. 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown men's lacrosse senior midfielder Kurt Watkinson (Paoli, Pa./The Haverford School) spent his fall as a volunteer for the Wounded Warrior Project, assisting the foundation in behind the scenes projects, while enlisting help from his teammates.
The Wounded Warrior Project was created to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members with the goal of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.
Watkinson, whose Mother is a supporter and donor of the WWP, felt compelled by the cause and began donating his time to the cause in addition to his full class schedule and fall practice. Through his actions, Watkinson worked to set an example that no task was too small.
Watkinson shares some of his experiences from the fall and what he hopes to accomplish in the future:
This fall I participated in two events for the Wounded Warrior Project. The First was on Friday, October 7 at the D.C. Armory for the Army Ten-Miler. I worked with Mrs. Kerwick (wife of Associate Head Coach Matt Kerwick) at a table where we explained to visitors what the Wounded Warrior Project was and how people could donate or volunteer. The Wounded Warrior Project strives to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members of the Wars after September 2001 in Iraq and Afghanistan. They provide unique programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. They help the wounded warriors assimilate back into society by various programs and also help them find jobs. When I was working that day many people came to the table and gave their information saying how they would be honored to hire wounded warriors for their company.
Later in the fall, I went to Northern Bethesda to help the Wounded Warrior Project organize their storage units. I went with teammates Gerry Reilly, CT Fisher, Trevor Siebert, John Wujciak, Mike Morris, Rob Koger, Billy Flatley and Francis McDonough.
My teammates really enjoyed the experience of being able to help out such a wonderful organization and were happy they were a able to be of assistance. Every one of them told me they would love to help out again in other ways and to think of them first to sign them up.
I did not have any personal interactions with the wounded warriors, but helped out with the behind the scenes work. It was just as important knowing that the work we were doing was helping the Wounded Warrior Project. I made sure to let the employees know that if they ever needed help, the Georgetown men's lacrosse team would always be more than willing to give their time and effort to help a great foundation. These men and women who have been injured, while fighting for the freedom we take for granted deserve much more than the volunteer work we have done, but knowing that we are doing it for them makes it a humbling experience. We are currently trying to figure out ways to raise money so that we can donate more to the WWP.
I plan on staying involved in the spring with any help they need as I have told them to contact me if they need anything. Because we have such a large team we have so many people that can help out. We are also trying to figure out ways to raise money to donate to the WWP.
To learn more about how to get involved with the Wounded Warrior Project as a volunteer, supporter or to donate please visit www.woundwarriorproject.org.