Note: This story appeared in the March 25 issue of CAROLINA.
Saturday morning, the Carolina volleyball team took its competitive nature out of the gym and pointed it in a different direction: a few friendly games of B-I-N-G-O with families staying at the Ronald McDonald House near campus.
Throughout the year, UNC student-athletes participate in different activities at Ronald McDonald House. They cook meals or bring treats for guests who are staying at the house while a young family member receives treatment at an area hospital. At Christmastime, groups of student-athletes sing carols there. Bingo games, however, always prove to be a highlight.
"Outreach is always a lot of fun, but it's especially enjoyable and rewarding interacting with kids," said Chaney LaReau, a junior on the volleyball team. "They were just as competitive as we were in bingo so we all had a good time!"
The volleyball team has been especially active in the community in recent months, hosting a clinic for Special Olympics athletes and visiting Charles House, a local eldercare home, to explain their sport and stage an indoor tournament.
"I really enjoy participating in outreach because as athletes at Carolina we are so blessed, and it's such a rewarding experience to be able to help others in our community and do something for someone else," junior Lauren Adkins said.