ERIE, Pa. -- The Mercyhurst College men's and women's water polo teams took a break from the standard routine last week to help organize and facilitate an afterschool carnival for students at Burton Elementary School in Erie, Pa.
Coordinated through the school's CHAMPS program, or Creating Healthy Active Members Preparing to Succeed, the Lakers helped raise funds for the program aimed at students in grades 4 and 5 by turning Burton's gymnasium into a real live carnival with games, food and prizes.
"The players have so much fun helping out," said head coach Curtis Robinette. "Many take pride knowing this event would not happen without our help."
Volunteering for the second straight year, Robinette's teams interacted with the students throughout the afternoon by running games, working the food areas and even painting faces and making cotton candy, in addition to setting up the event earlier in the day.
"I think it is important that our players give back and get a different perspective from their norm. It's a rewarding experience, plus the plus get all the cotton candy they could eat."
Release courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications