By: Marissa Dias
Early Saturday morning, the Attleboro High School (AHS) field hockey players and coaches arrived ready to help out, not only one, but three different houses in need of raking and yard work. Coaches Lindsay Antunes, Stacey Belle, and Paul Tetreault all supervised and helped out the varsity, JV and freshman teams clean up those pesky leaves.
“It’s such a rewarding experience especially having the support of my players behind me.” said AHS varsity coach Antunes.
Dressed from head to toe in sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats and gloves to protect them from the bitter cold, the girls dedicated their time to the senior citizens of Attleboro by spending three hours raking, picking up sticks and bagging countless large paper bags stuffed with leaves.
“It was hard work but it was awesome to see how happy the little old people got when we showed up to help,” said AHS senior captain Kelly Murray.
“I agree I love helping the cute old people,” said AHS sophomore Kate Leblanc.
The girls split up in the first hour to help out two houses next to each other, raking and bagging the leaves with bare hands. Luckily, during the second and third hours, the girls had the luxury of using not only rakes, but a leaf blower to blow the leaves onto tarps instead of bagging them.
“Doing this with my team made the volunteer work fun and a rewarding way to spend my Saturday,” said AHS junior Vicky Noonan.
The experience was a great way to help out those in the community who cannot take care of their own yards. “This was cool because we could help out the community and people at the same time,” said AHS freshman Grace Mayer.
It was an exciting opportunity for the girls to build stronger and long lasting relationships within and among the three teams, and have fun while doing so.
“It’s a great thing to get outside and get some fresh air with the team it’s invigorating,” said freshman team coach Tetrault.
The coaches helped with this act of kindness, which created a united atmosphere through all levels of the program. “The spirit of giving back to the city along with the team was a heartwarming feeling,” said junior varsity coach Bell. “We’re not just a team, we’re a family,” she added.
Thanks to the help of the field hockey family, Attleboro will be looking better and cleaner entering the winter months of 2014.