April 4, 2013
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago's women's volleyball team took some time out to give back to the local community last month, spending an evening preparing, cooking and serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House. The team paid a visit on March 22, the most recent example of one of Loyola's athletic teams engaging in community service activity.
"Part of our mission and responsibility as people for others is to get out in the community and serve those that are in need of help," said head coach Chris Muscat. "In this case, we were able to spend some time with families who have shown incredible strength during times of great adversity. Anything that we can do as a program and athletic department to help these families focus on the more important task of healing is something that we want to make a priority in our Rambler family. We like to think that our family continues to grow as we have a chance to learn from some incredibly courageous individuals."
The Ronald McDonald House program provides a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. The Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child - not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. They believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.