Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. – Sixteen members of the Pacific Lutheran University mens soccer team went to Enumclaw, Washington to participate in a community outreach project, helping out at the Special Olympics Unified Soccer Tournament on May 6th. In addition to the 16 Lutes volunteering at the event, an additional five student-athletes from the team were helping out with the Youth Clinic the same day at PLU.
The team spent their day setting up for the tournament, as well as interacting with the nearly 200 athletes in attendance. This year marks the Lutes' fourth straight year of working at this event, and it is something the Lute student-athletes love to do.
"Working with the Unified athletes was a valuable experience and a great reminder of the joy, passion, and teamwork that made us fall in love with the game," said sophomore Ben Blakely.
First-year Levi Woolley had similar reactions to the event.
"It was so refreshing to see the passion for soccer that these kids had when we got the chance to pass the ball around and talk to them about how excited they were for their games. The players made me cherish every opportunity I have to play the game I love," he said.