We had sports celebrities in our midst this week as the FGCU Women’s Basketball Team came to volunteer at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers warehouse.
The team had a terrific season and soared all the way to the finals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, before losing the title game to South Dakota.
Earlier this week they worked at a long table in the food bank warehouse, energetically packing food for our senior hunger-relief program for low-income residents, called the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The team packed 240 CSFP kits for a total of 3,360 pounds, or 2,800 meals!
During a break in the action, team leader Whitney Knight, who was just drafted to the Women's National Basketball Association, reflected a bit on their season. “I think that we had a really good season. We lost in the championship game, but we got all the way there,” she said. “Now we just want to give back to the community for all the support everybody gave us throughout the year.”
Knight is the first-ever FGCU player drafted to the WNBA. She starts training camp with the Los Angeles Sparks Sunday, April 24. Preseason games begin Friday, April 29.
Sydnei McCaskill, a junior, will be back next year. “It was good to learn from the seniors, and how it felt to be part of a winning program,” she said.
Volunteer Doreen Sasso, who was in the volunteer break room when the team came in, was thrilled. "How did we get so lucky to be able to meet this wonderful group of women volunteering today?" she said. "We're in awe." She called her husband right away to tell him the news.
Volunteer Nel Graham was also impressed. "All I can say is awesome," she said. "I've only seen them on the news." Both volunteers took group pictures with the team.
Jenna Cobb, the team’s director of operations, arranged the team’s volunteer stint at the food bank. “Two years ago we came out and had a great time, so we decided to come out again,” she said.
They proved they not only give their best on the court, they give their best to the community. Thanks, team!