Lincoln-Way East badminton team lends helping hand to animal shelter Monday, August 6, 2012
Members of the Lincoln-Way East High School badminton team were recognized for their humanitarian efforts recently after lending a helpful hand at a local animal shelter.
The student athletes helped clean the P.A.W.S. no-kill animal shelter on 191st Street in early March, folding towels and organizing paperwork. They also raised $300 for the shelter by selling T-shirts during their lunch hours and raised awareness about the shelter's efforts by hosting a P.A.W.S. Night in the school field house.
"I am an animal lover myself and wanted to allow my athletes the opportunity to help with such a great cause," said Alison Jozsa, the head varsity badminton coach at Lincoln-Way East.
"This was our second year supporting P.A.W.S.," she added, "and the girls really fell in love with this community service project."
The team of 48 student athletes was recognized for its efforts in a P.A.W.S. catalog this past spring.
In addition to helping clean and organize the shelter, students learned about the costs and supplies needed to run the shelter from Sue Kapala, a P.A.W.S. director
"The girls learned about the animals and what it takes to care for them properly on a day to day basis," said Jozsa, who toured the shelter's headquarters with Kapala and the student athletes.
Members of the East varsity badminton team included: Bri Michaels, Kelsey Piech, Anna Palermini, Julie Ruvoli, Megan Seiler, Brittany Hentsch, Kate Dinolfo, Caitlin Duffner, Kate French, Gina Ruvoli, Danielle Zdanek, Ashlee McBain, Lindsay Mikrut, Nadine Kahl, Shirley Zhan, Megan McGregor and Jennie Nebor. The team manager was Allison Pavlacka.