July 10, 2014
WASHINGTON - Returning members of the Georgetown University women's basketball team finished the first summer session by giving back to the Georgetown community. The squad made a visit to the pediatric ward at Georgetown University Hospital last Wednesday, spending time with patients and learning about the hospital.
"Visiting the hospital was an eye-opening experience seeing all of the children who have to be there," said sophomore Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom). "I feel good that we got together to spend time with them."
Organized by the coaching staff and Georgetown's Chaplain-in-Residence, Reverend Wendy Hamilton, the Hoyas had an opportunity to meet a number of different pediatric patients of various age groups and with differing ailments. However, no matter what each child was going through, members of the team worked to brighten their days with games, activities or even just talking.
"It was a humbling visit for us," said junior Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken). "We played some basketball and the losers even did push-ups and leg raises, it was just fun to be able to be there."
The visit came at an opportune time for the Hoyas as the returners completed classes during the first summer session and awaited the arrival of the five freshmen for second summer session, making the squad complete.
The trip is the first of many new activities under first-year Head Coach Natasha Adair who returned to the Hilltop in April from the College of Charleston. Adair began her coaching career as an assistant on the Hilltop 14 years ago.
Adair and her assistants, including Georgetown alums Melba Chambers (C'99) and Sarah Jenkins (C'05), have been focusing on community activities for the Blue & Gray especially as the five freshmen join the squad beginning a new era in Georgetown women's basketball.
"The kids there were happy to see us, but for the team it really makes you appreciate what you have in your health," said graduate student Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor).