Number of Participants: 12
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $406
Event Type: Hunger
Sport: Boys Basketball
Date: January 3, 2024
Quincy High School
Coddington Street, Quincy
Matthew Ramponi, Mary McMorrow, Stacey Mordas and Michael Healy came up with this great idea. As a program and staff, we felt it necessary to teach our kids that life is much bigger than just playing a game we love (in this case basketball). We stress daily how lucky we all are to be in the gym together, playing the game we all love and how others may not be able to or have the opportunity to.
Within that message, we make it a priority to teach our kids that giving back within our community, especially those in need is not just a nice gesture, but more importantly a life lesson. After we all packed the bags of food, we sat together and talked about how those bags are feeding some amazing people that are going through a battle we may not understand or know much about. But at the end of the day, it is people who can use that uplifting feeling of receiving something from a stranger, something that they really need. My guys really embraced this act, they expressed the amazing feeling they felt knowing they were doing something for those in need, but learning how doing something kind makes them feel just as good, if not better, than winning a game of basketball. It is a small slice at winning in the game of life, giving back to others.- Information shared by Matthew Ramponi Dean of Students
“My name is Mary McMorrow and I teach at QHS and my son Malcolm is a member of the Boys Varsity Team. Coach Matt Ramponi described very well the reason that we chose to have the boys spend time packing up bagged lunches for Father Bill’s.
I wanted to also mention that many of the boys on our team have been recipients of community assistance over the years. As they become young adults, they are aware that the generosity of others has helped them/their families through tough times. It felt really good for these kids to have the chance to be on the “giving” end of things.
A few of the boys asked me if they can make more sandwiches for Father Bills, which made it evident that they got a lot from this community service project.” — Information shared by Mary McMorrow