WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 5, 2011) - On Wednesday afternoon in the nation's capital, life was put into a little better perspective for members of the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team, who visited the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and spent some time with wounded veterans, including a special visit to Cameron Kerr.
Kerr, who recently returned stateside from Afghanistan, attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. with Robert McDonough, the older brother of Blue Hen starting junior midfielder and co-captain Kalyn McDonough, who organized the trip.
Robert currently serves with the U.S. Army 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, which is stationed in Ansbach, Germany.
"It definitely put a lot of things into perspective for our team," said Kalyn McDonough. "It reminded us that service people are making sacrifices overseas, which affords us our freedom and the opportunity to go to college and play the game we love. We appreciate their service and we were happy to thank them in person."
The Blue Hens spent time in Ward 57 with wounded soldiers, followed by a visit to the physical therapy clinic. While there, the team had the chance to witness first-hand the struggles that wounded soldiers and amputees go through during the recovery process.
The team also brought along the squad's 2011 schedule poster, autographed by each member, as well as cookies and other baked goods.
"We went to Walter Reed to thank our wounded warriors for their service and leadership to our country," said head coach Kateri Linville. "It was inspiring to see these men, many of whom were college aged themselves, battle through life altering injuries with courage and conviction. We left the hospital with pride for our country and returned to campus inspired to be our best."
This is the second community service project that the UD women's lacrosse program has participated in this year with the United States Army. In December, the team organized and collected items for a stocking stuffer drive.
The Blue Hens will wrap up a six-game home stand this Friday night, Apr. 8, under the lights of Delaware Stadium. The game vs. Colonial Athletic Association foe Hofstra University is set to start at 7 p.m.