WILLIAMSBURG - The William and Mary women's basketball team reached out into the community last Wednesday night and helped The Arc of Greater Williamsburg put on a successful Fitness Night. Six Tribe student-athletes helped 30 members of The Arc engage in several fitness activities for two hours at the William Doig Health Club, at Williamsburg Landing.
After a brief welcome by Bette Faye Poythress-King, the activities coordinator for The Arc, the players and members worked together on a crossword puzzle and listened to Peggy McCann, the dietician at Williamsburg Landing, as she presented five tips for eating healthy over the holidays.
After that, the Tribe players and other volunteers guided the Arc members through an array of 10 physical activities that the members can do at home over the holidays to help improve their quality of life, including hula-hooping, jumping rope, raking leaves, and playing catch. Participating W&M players included Kelly Heath (Suffield, Conn.), Aleia Gland (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Katherine DeHenzel (Bowie, Md.), Courtney Flynn (Beaverton, Ore.), Emily Correal (Venetia, Pa.), and Jaclyn McKenna (Huntington, N.Y.).
The Arc of Greater Williamsburg provides community-based advocacy and activities to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For a complete schedule of activities, or to find out how to volunteer, please visit their website at www.thearcgw.org.
The Tribe basketball team will open the season at Kaplan Arena on Sunday, November 15, hosting Radford at 2 p.m.