Women's Basketball Volunteers in the Community During January Break

Photos courtesy of Harvard women's basketball.

Members of the Harvard women’s basketball team took advantage of being in Cambridge during the January break volunteering in the community. The Crimson participated in two programs when they were not training or traveling.

Photo Gallery from Playworks Event

On Tuesday, Jan. 4 the team volunteered at Playworks' Night Court Basketball league. Night Court is a fourth and fifth grade girls’ basketball league that promotes fundamentals, hard work, and fun. The Harvard players served as honorary assistant coaches, referees, and "cheer" leaders with the friends and family in the stands during the 3 games that evening. The Harvard team also served as entertainment between games when the Playworks coaches challenged them in shooting competitions.

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Jill Vialet '80, who played soccer and basketball at Harvard is the founder and president of Playworks.

The follow week, the Crimson went to the Mission Hill After School Program to tutor residents of the Alice Taylor housing complex, a low income section of Roxbury.

These two events are just an exam of a handful of activities the Crimson does as a team and individual to support the local community.