Lincoln-Way West Soccer Players Make a Difference On and Off the Field
Friday, September 1, 2017

On Sunday, August 20, athletes from the Lincoln-Way West Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer teams participated in an event called Buddy's Helpers for the Making a Difference On and Off the Field campaign.

To honor National Senior Citizens Day, Monday, August 21, the LWW student-athletes took part in a special visit to a Chicago Northside senior community.

The LWW students, along with soccer players from nine other high schools delivered a surprise breakfast in honor of National Senior Citizens Day, and also spent time talking, playing games and engaging. The students kicked around the soccer ball as well, teaching some tricks to their new friends.

The students met and spoke with the seniors who are all from different backgrounds and walks of life. North Park’s large senior community is very diverse with African American, White, Hispanic, Asian, Polish and Russian residents. This was a unique experience to learn about other cultures and experiences from another generation.

All of the players are from schools involved in the PepsiCo Showdown.
The community service arm of the event is called Buddy's Helpers, with the drive that everyone needs a buddy and everyone needs help at some point in their life.

Buddy’s HELPERS is a nonprofit uniting Chicago-area high school student-athletes and teachers/coaches in an annual community service campaign built around “Making a Difference On and Off The Field.”