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Players from Walsingham Academy’s baseball team and Warhill High’s boys tennis team took time out of their practice schedules to volunteer at Hospice House in Williamsburg.
While not a coordinated volunteer effort between the two teams, both volunteered at Hospice House within five days of the other.
Walsingham’s baseball team helped lay mulch for more than four hours on the grounds of Hospice House on April 16, while Warhill did the same days later on April 21.
For Walsingham Baseball Coach Ian Heisel, whose team has been helping as Hospice House for two years, finding time to give back to the community is healthy for individual players and the team as a whole.
“We always try to do something as a team to give back to the community in some way,” he said. “It’s a fun thing to do and it’s good to help out. There’s always people that need things that are more important than baseball practice or hanging out and playing video games.”
Warhill’s volunteer roots at Hospice House run much deeper, as the Lions have helped tend to the gardens for nine consecutive years.
A master gardener, Warhill Head Coach Bob Hyatt made the decision to volunteer at Hospice House nine years ago as part of Warhill’s initiative to have every sports program give back to the community in some way.
With such a small team, Hyatt thought having eight to 10 players would be the perfect amount to tend to the gardens at Hospice House. The response from Hospice House has been resoundingly positive, Hyatt said.
“They write a beautiful letter every year to the principal regarding how nice it is for us to come out there and help in their garden,” Hyatt said.