What started as an idea of a few seniors and turned into a one-season fundraiser culminated on October 21 with a check for $ 10,138 at the Good Day Cafe.
With the rain pouring in, State College Women’s Football made a commitment to Good Day Cafe ahead of their game against Central Dauphin at North Field. Matt Porter, who is an employee of the cafe, did the coin toss and another employee, Brooke Fisher, sang the national anthem. Good Day Cafe is a State College cafe that employs disabled adults.
“I was a little stunned by that number,” said Cindy Paquinelli, Managing Director of Strawberry Fields Inc. “These girls just raised over $ 10,000 for Good Day Cafe and they are probably our youngest donors. I think it’s so special that these kids feel that way about their community. So it’s overwhelming – it’s a lot of money. I think it’s so wonderful that the school, the coach , parents instill in these kids from an early age that when you live in a community we take care of each other. This football team – we are the third or fourth charity that they have done [this with]. I feel very honored at the Strawberry Fields and the Good Day Cafe.
Located at 286 W. Hamilton Ave., Good Day Cafe was developed by Strawberry Fields Inc. in response to the 80% unemployment rate for adults with special needs. The cafe sells tea, coffee, espresso, breakfast and lunch items, while also supporting people with disabilities. But just like most small businesses, the cafe has seen challenges over the past year and a half due to COVID-19, having to put staff on leave, most of whom fall into the high-risk category. , for their safety.
State College senior Emma Corby said the team tied themselves to the work of Good Day Cafe and “its mission to empower people and enrich lives through meaningful employment,” making them a selection easy as the subject of this year’s “When the Soccer Gets Bigger” campaign. .
“We heard about Good Day Cafe through a relative who was related to the organization,” Corby said. “We really liked that it’s a place where all abilities can contribute and belong to a community and where diversity is celebrated. We just really connected with their mission… so that made sense to our campaign. ”
Although the Little Lions were unable to secure the victory over Central Dauphin, losing 9-1, their season was defined by more than wins and losses – learning to work hard to achieve their goals. while helping others.
The girls worked throughout the year to raise funds, selling green “When the Soccer Gets Bigger” bracelets for $ 2, collecting pledges and promoting fundraising each year. whenever they had the chance. Julia Lundy, mother of senior team members Kate Lundy and junior Grace Lundy, watched her daughters and their teammates struggle to build the fundraiser piece by piece.
“The girls – they did the fundraising, they did the online posting, they did sales at football games and promotional things at school,” Lundy said. “So it’s really run by all the girls. It pushed them beyond finding other people, realizing that there are other communities that need services. They come out of the football field and realize that they can help others.
When the Football Gets Bigger began when the 2021 State College Women’s Football Seniors were freshmen. The program is designed to keep student-athletes engaged in community service by having them choose “a person or organization to raise awareness, support, encourage and help financially” for each year, according to a press release.
The Little Lions have continued the mission of the WSBG through each of their three campaigns. The team raised $ 8,158.23 in 2018 for Center Safe to help raise awareness and fund the fight against domestic violence and sexual violence. In 2019, they raised $ 24,180.29 to support a local family fighting against pediatric cancer. COVID-19 put the program on hiatus last year, but seniors have continued to push to shape this year’s efforts through planning and goal setting.
“It’s great to see them get involved,” State College head coach Todd Roth said. “We’re talking about what the whole concept is: when football gets bigger. They are fantastic football players and teammates and to see them giving back to the community, getting involved and caring about something outside of our squad I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they put there devoted.
State College women’s football travel to Bellefonte on Monday for the District 6, Class 4A semi-final against Mifflin County at 5:30 p.m.
District 6 Football Playoff Schedule for Central County Teams
Semi-final 3A boys: No. 2 Bellefonte vs. No. 3 Central Mountain at 7:30 p.m. in Bellefonte
Semi-final 3A girls: # 3 Bellefonte vs. # 2 Tyrone at 5:30 p.m. in Hollidaysburg
4A girls semi-final: No. 3 State College vs. No. 2 Mifflin County at 5:30 p.m. in Bellefonte
2A girls semi-final: Number 6 Bald Eagle Area vs. No. 7 Juniata at 5:30 p.m. at Bald Eagle Area
Girls’ championship class 4A: Winner of State College / Mifflin County against No.1 Altoona at 5:30 p.m. in Bald Eagle Area
Boys championship class 3A: Winner of Bellefonte / Central Mountain against No.1 Hollidaysburg / No. 4 Winner Penn Cambria at 6:00 p.m. at Mansion Park
Boys Championship class 4A: No. 1 State College vs. No. 2 Altoona at 7:30 p.m. at Bald Eagle Area
Girls’ championship class 3A: Winner Bellefonte / Tyrone vs. Hollidaysburg # 1 at 8 p.m. at Mansion Park
Boys Championship class 1A: No. 2 Saint Joseph’s vs. No. 1 West Shamokin at 6 p.m. at Mansion Park
Girls’ championship class 2A: Winner BEA / Juniata against No. 1 Bedford / No. 4th Somerset winner at 8 p.m. at Mansion Park
This story was originally published October 30, 2021 2:36 pm.