PBA Softball Team Pitches In With Thanksgiving Ministry Effort
November 24, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- In conjunction with Christ Fellowship, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team recently took time out of their off-season schedule to join over 1,000 other volunteers in helping prepare Thanksgiving meals for needy families over a five county span. Their efforts are a part of a goal of providing 40,000 meals over the holiday season to people throughout the region.
The 14 member Sailfish softball team along with head coach Kimmy Bloemers and assistant coach Ashley Shipman traveled to the Palm Beach Gardens campus on Sunday as the team assisted in the preparation, cooking, and packaging of food as a part of a collective seven day effort the church is doing to meet their goal.
With all Palm Beach Atlantic students having the opportunity to give back to the community in ways of “workship” throughout their time in West Palm Beach, this was just another step taken to make an impact for others.
Like many other athletic teams at PBA, the Sailfish softball team combined their team to one common goal and came away with a great experience according to head coach Kimmy Bloemers.
“Our girls did a great job and I was really proud of the effort they put forth today in such a worthwhile project. We felt extremely blessed to have been apart of it all.” said Bloemers.
“The Thanksgiving Preparation program at Christ Fellowship is one that we are proud to have worked with and we hope that our small contribution will make a lasting impact on some families this Thanksgiving. We pray that Christ’s love will be evident through such a great program,” continued Bloemers.
As you can see in the attached photo gallery, the Sailfish players not only put to good use their team skills in the preparation of the meals but also found ways to make the event one that they won’t soon forget.
Senior captain Becca Bolinger also shared what the experience meant to her and her teammates.
"It was such a great experience for our team to bond over breaking up turkey and putting together boxed meals in order to bless those less fortunate than us. I was so proud of the team to take time out of their busy schedules and make it possible for someone else to have a Thanksgiving dinner. This is something that I am sure we will all remember in the future," said Bolinger.
With Thanksgiving approaching later this week, all of us with PBA Athletics wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and may we all be thankful for the blessings God has provided.