“Holy Ballers” Serve Worcester Youth

College of the Holy Cross is implementing an innovative social justice project called “Holy Ballers.” The “ballers-model” is a project focused on “peer-to-peer mentorship of residents within the juvenile detention system. The goals of the program include reducing the recidivism rate and showing residents that they are valuable to society and their future is not determined by their past mistakes.” The “ballers-model” began at John Carroll University, and sophomore political science major Riley Benner brought this model to Holy Cross.

Benner introduced the model to his high school and knew that when he arrived at college he wanted to start a chapter there as well. When Benner approached Marty Kelly, associate chaplain and adviser to Student Programs for Urban Development, he was nothing short of excited. After the program was launched, Holy Cross students took great interest and Benner recruited 15 volunteers through a rigorous application process.

Three days a week, six Holy Cross students visit the juvenile detention center in Worcester to play basketball with residents. They then share a meal together and simply talk. Benner explains, “We’re not there to serve the boys; we’re not there to teach them what it means to be a good citizen, or to lecture them on the classifications of a Massachusetts felony. We’re there simply to be together, to be one. We don’t hold a bar up and ask any of them to measure up; we simply show up. And we tell them the truth. The truth that they are exactly what God had in mind when God made them. And we watch as they become that truth.”

To read more about Holy Ballers, visit Holy Cross news.

Edgewood College “Shoots Down” Cancers

Edgewood College’s newest fundraiser “Eagles Shooting Down Cancer” exceeded expectations by raising $7,795 over the course of five days. This fundraiser was hosted by the Edgewood basketball team on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Participants were “asked to donate $1 in order to shoot a free throw and a half-court shot. An anonymous donor pledged to match each $1 donation and then provide $5 bonus for a made free throw and a $100 bonus for a made half-court shot.” Students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni made a total of 495 free throws and 41 half court shots bringing the final total to $7,795.

“Eagles Shooting Down Cancer” began with an initiative six years ago from former University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan and his wife Kelly as a creative way to fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Edgewood men’s basketball head coach Justin Meyer followed their footsteps by hosting “Eagles Shooting Down Cancer” in order to aid those in need.

To hear more about “Eagle shooting Down Cancer”, visit Edgewood College news.