Coaches, players and parents from the Girls' Basketball program recently volunteered their time with Broome County Council of Churches’ “Ramp It Up” Youth Initiative, helping provide a local family easier access into their home.
The “Ramp It Up” project pairs teams of youth and adult volunteers with trained carpenters/project leaders to build wheelchair ramps for homebound residents in need.
"What a great build! I can't thank Coach McEvoy and team enough for the job they did. The girls were (by quite a bit) the best working and overall best group of kids that we have had all year. I thoroughly enjoyed that build!" Bill Austin, Project Leader from Ramp It Up
The volunteer opportunity gives our student-athletes a chance to work on teamwork off the basketball court, gets them involved in community service and is sometimes their first experience learning different carpentry skills.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to help someone in need and a great way to teach the girls the importance of civic responsibility. There is also the added benefit for our program by challenging players to step outside their comfort zone with trying something new, seeing players take on leadership roles by helping to coordinate and finish the project and of course the teamwork and team bonding that takes place during the build is priceless.” Luke McEvoy, OFA Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach
This was the second build that the Girls’ Basketball Program has done with the “Ramp It Up” Project. See some photos below from this years build, plus here is a video from the ramp build they did in 2017: https://www.oacsd.org/VideoUp/e72b449e-b7c2-4079-bfba-13cb2881db50.mov.mp4
Learn more about the “Ramp It Up” Project here: