March 25, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -
During the Navy women's tennis team's recent spring break trip, the program participated in a Share-A-Meal program with the Central Florida chapter of the Ronald McDonald House.
The Navy women's tennis team prepared salad, spaghetti and cookies on-site in the house kitchen and the meal was served for lunch to families and friends staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The team took a brief tour of the house to see what it is like to live there and to see the different resources used to make the guests feel at home. The team was also able to visit with the guests while they ate.
"It always feels awesome to give back to any community whether it's in Annapolis or all the way down in Florida," team captain Darien Sears said. "Being able to share that moment with my teammates was very cool, especially seeing them interact with the kids that were being hosted."
The team volunteered on Monday, March 10 before playing a pair of matches on Tuesday, March 11 in Orlando.
"I hope that in the future we are able to schedule more team community service events to share the humbling experience together," said Sears. "It helps to keep our lives in perspective, remember our purpose and minimize the excuses we use to not be greater than what we are today."
More on the Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida finds, creates, and supports programs that directly support the health and well-being of children and families. Their cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House, provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando. There are two Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando-- one on the campus of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and one on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children.