Members of the McCutcheon Boys Golf team served a meal May 2 to guests at the Lafayette Urban Ministry Homeless Shelter. The players baked mini Hawaiian sandwiches filled with turkey, ham and cheese, created yogurt parfaits topped with fresh fruit and whipped up a pan full of macaroni and cheese. The group served about 30 guests who sought emergency shelter for the evening.
"The opportunity we have to serve at LUM is an amazing, humbling experience," says senior Brett Hartman. "When we first started it really pushed us outside our comfort zone. Now, there's more conversation and laughter with the guests."
"I think it helps us appreciate the things we might take for granted on a day-to-day basis," says teammate James Sanders. "I believe it's a real eye opener and learning opportunity."
Coach Josh Frauhiger says this is his favorite team activity. "This event teaches our student athletes there are people in Lafayette who are less fortunate than we are, but also many of the guests are just normal people who have fallen on hard times," says Frauhiger. "I want our kids to understand that it costs very little to be nice to someone and to extend a helping hand. There is no greater joy as a coach to see my seniors lead by example during the LUM dinner."
Coach Frauhiger and the seniors hope the tradition they started four years ago will continue.