Over the past few months, Georgetown women’s basketball team has been busy both on and off the court. In addition to preparing for the upcoming season, the Hoyas have dedicated themselves to giving back to the community and serving the local D.C. area.
Spurred by Head Coach Natasha Adair, the student-athletes have ventured all over the city to participate in numerous outreach events. Since last September, the team has served as guides at the Stomp Out Sickle Cell Walk on the National Mall, helped feed the homeless at So Others Might Eat and volunteered at the National Capital Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
“It’s just a way for our student-athletes to give back and remember that they are afforded a lot of things,” Adair said. “This group really takes a lot of pride in in. They’ve charged themselves by class to even come up with more ideas to try to do [service] more than once a month, time permitting,” she said.
Although it can be difficult to find time to give back between practice, classes and individual workouts, the team sees the benefits of embracing the commitment to give back to the greater Georgetown community.
“Just going out and learning more about yourself as well as your teammates, learning that it’s not just about basketball but it’s about a lot of other things in life, I think it really helps us to bond,” senior forward and co-captain Faith Woodard said.
One of Woodard’s two senior teammates, guard Jade Martin, shared similar sentiments.
“[Our work] helps us get a different perspective from basketball,” Martin said. “There are people struggling with so many different diseases, and for us to be able to make an impact and difference in their lives as a team just brings us closer together off the court and helps us on the court.”
Adair’s emphasis on and activism and altruism has had the most profound effect on the team’s three seniors, who have been by her side since she took over the program in April 2014.
“I think it just says a lot about the program and our coaches that we’re able to do stuff beyond the basketball court and to go out and help our community as much as we can,” Woodard said. “It just means a lot to us and it’s just a good experience to get out there and help our community as much as we can.”
Martin also stressed the personal importance she places on being a role model.
“I don’t want to take it for granted, and [I] want to cherish my last year and be able to influence and impact as many young women and men as possible,” Martin said.
As the Hoyas prepare to build off a promising season last year in the Big East, Adair has worked hard to make sure they remember all that they have learned from their service off the court. Taking time to give back reminds the players of all they are achieving on the Hilltop beyond basketball.
“We just want to be in the community and let the community know that we’re its team, and whatever we can do in any way to give back, that’s something we’re going to be committed to doing,” Adair said.
Remaining firm in its commitment to find community service opportunities during the week of Thanksgiving exemplifies the program’s dedication to giving back and its desire to affect the lives of those not as fortunate as they are.
“We’re actually going to be on the road, but I’ve already researched areas we’re going to be to see if we can do community service there,” Adair said. “We really want people understand that Georgetown women’s basketball is about service and about others.”