Softball Making Presence Felt in the Community

Pictured: The Harvard softball team at the Ultimate Self-Defense martial arts club.
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The Harvard softball team spent the off-season making a difference in the local Cambridge community by helping out those in need. Coordinated by sophomores Julia Moore and Eve Rosenbaum, these events have allowed the Harvard softball team to understand what it means to give back. The team began its service plans by participating in a day-long Habitat for Humanity event, where players assisted with the building and demolition of houses by painting walls, fixing doorways, and removing old insulation.

"As a team, volunteering helps us combine our strengths and become an inspiring force,” said Moore of the community service initiatives. “The different community service activities we did this fall had a huge impact on the children and families we helped. The experiences also brought us closer together as a team."

The team continued their service by participating in a biweekly event at the Ultimate Self-Defense martial arts club, aimed towards inner-city, at-risk young girls in Boston. Members attended the fight nights and participated in exercise activities as well as learned a few ways to defend themselves if ever attacked. After each night event, players and girls bonded over pizza.

In similar fashion, other teammates spent one fall day reading to elementary school students to raise money for the Schools on Wheels Organization, which raises money to buy school supplies for children who cannot afford them. At The Chestnut Hill School, four members of the team read out loud during reading week to those students who had yet to learn how to read. The event ended up raising $3000 for the organization.

Harvard softball finished their community service journey at the Ivy home opener against Penn by participating in Friends of Jaclyn day. The Friends of Jaclyn foundation connects children across the nation with brain tumors to high school and college athletic teams, offering the children a better support system with more friends, and enriching the lives of hundreds of student-athletes along the way. There are over 200 adopted children across the country and over 1,000 teams waiting to adopt a child.

"Playing softball allows us to do something we love every day,” said Rosenbaum. “FOJ allows us to change a child's life simply by letting the child share in our love for what we do. It’s important to raise awareness to such a great cause."