March 27th, 2013

BU women's soccer gives to children of Guatemala

Staff Report

BU women's soccer gives to children of Guatemala
Jessie York plays soccer with the children of Guatemala / photo from

During their recent Spring Break, a group of 25 members of the Bellarmine community traveled to Zacapa, Guatemala, for a service trip. During their time in the country, the group helped in various fashions ranging from construction to health care, including nutrition, dental and physical therapy.

The Bellarmine women's soccer team helped with the trip by collecting and donating uniforms, cleats and other equipment to give to the people of Zacapa. The various equipment will be distributed to local schools where children often walk around without shoes of their own.

Two members of the squad, senior Kaylee Gabhart and junior Jessie York, as well as former standout Melanie Stippler, were among the 25 to go on the mission trip. In addition to delivering the equipment to the children, Gabhart, York and Stippler also spent time playing soccer with the kids. All three players mentioned that interacting with the children and seeing them smile was the most rewarding part of the trip.

The service project continues the year-long initiative by Bellarmine's Student Athlete Advisory Committee to give back to the community. This is the second project for Bellarmine that has exceeded the country's borders as the women's basketball team put on a clinic at YMCA in Puerto Rico during the team's trip there in December.

If you would like more information on the organization that this group works with, Hearts in Motion, please visit There are numerous opportunities to help sponsor a child in a weekly food program or a school sponsorship program as well.

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