Oct. 3, 2016
WASHINGTON - The official start of the 2016-17 women’s basketball season is Tuesday, but this doesn’t mean that members of Georgetown’s squad haven’t been busy since returning to the Hilltop in August.
Outside of class, boot camps and individual workouts, the team has been getting out into the local community to truly live Georgetown’s motto of “Cura Personalis,” which is Latin for “care for the whole person”. This is just what Head Coach Natasha Adair and her staff aim to encourage as she begins her third year at the helm.
“Community service is a part of our culture here at Georgetown University,” said Adair. “We put others first in order to better ourselves.”
On September 10, the team served as guides at the 10th Annual Stomp Out Sickle Cell Walk (SOS) on the National Mall. The mission of the SOS Walk is to increase awareness of sickle cell disease and raises money through various fun-filled activities that also encourage healthy lifestyles. Proceeds from the SOS Walk benefited the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease and Faces of Our Children, Inc.
Instead of just walking, the Hoyas were spread out throughout the course telling participants where to go and handing out refreshments along the way.
Last week, members of the squad woke bright and early to make the trip to So Others Might Eat (SOME) on O Street in Northwest D.C. SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help some of the 8,350 homeless men, women and children in our nation’s capital. Nearly one in five DC residents live at or below the poverty line. The organization meets the immediate daily needs of the people it serves with food, clothing and health care.
It also helps break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness.
The Hoyas spent the morning helping make breakfast and serving it as well as cleaning up. While they were there, many of the players had an opportunity to chat with the people that are aided by SOME every day.
“It was such a humbling experience and I'm so happy we got the chance to go,” said senior Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom). “A lot of people give back to the community, but to wake up, feed the homeless, and have them give you something in return like a smile, great conversations and laughter, was more than I could have ever asked for. It was awesome.”
This upcoming Saturday, October 8, the women’s basketball team will take time out of practice to volunteer at the National Capital Walk to End Alzheimer's. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Association is a global organization, working to advance care, support and research across the world.
Once again, the Hoyas will serve as route guides at the 5K on the National Mall.
Georgetown finished the season with a mark of 16-14 in Adair's second season. The squad went 9-9 in conference play earning the fifth overall seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. GU earned a WNIT bid and fell in a heartbreaking 57-55 loss at Rutgers in the first round of the postseason tournament. The squad lost five seniors, but return All-BIG EAST honorees Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill).