Last month, the BT boys lacrosse team did a service project with Meals By Grace, non-profit ministry with the goal of helping children and families provide for themselves while they work to better their situation. Both varsity and JV were involved in making homemade laundry detergent, cutting up fruit, organizing a shipping container, portioning out pet food, and making bags of groceries for families in need in Forsyth county.
According to John Wellford, head coach of the BT boys lacrosse team, getting the athletes involved in community service makes for solid leaders and gives them a view of life they might not see every day. “Service to others is an integral part of strong leadership,” said Coach Wellford. “ It helps give the boys a little bit of perspective on their own lives and the opportunities they have been afforded in life. I really wanted the boys to be in contact with people in need and this organization afforded the opportunity for the boys to be in contact with the families themselves.”
Alex McFarland, a sophomore attackman for the Titans, said that the day he spent at Meals by Grace was not only fun but was educational as well. “Just to see how many people needed that kinda of help was eye-opening. The numbers of families support by the organization were staggering,” commented Alex. “I had fun hanging out with my teammates and although I had done food drives before, this was different. I felt I was having more of an impact because I was making food for the families.”
For Coach Wellford the reason behind doing community service is to leave a lasting impact on his student-athletes. “It’s important because it builds community and gives the boys a sense of accomplishment. I want them to be proud of that accomplishment. I want them to have that memory when they are older,” he said. “We even had a few BT parents drive and deliver groceries right to the recipient’s homes because they don’t have transportation to come to get their food.”