Lower Columbia Men's Basketball and Softball teams give back to the community
Red Devils Softball Joins United Way Day of Caring
Day 3 of fall ball took on a different look for the LCC softball team on September 14. Rather than hit the weight room and the diamond, the Red Devils joined in with nearly 300 local volunteers to serve the community at the United Way's Day of Caring.
Day of Caring is an annual event and highlights the power of volunteerism and positive community impact that can be achieved in a single day. Business, service club, family and school teams assemble and are assigned to a project that is submitted to United Way by a local non-profit within Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties.
The Red Devils spent the day at Cowlitz Villa, a local senior citizen housing complex managed by the Kelso Housing Authority. The softball team worked with a team from Red Canoe Credit Union to clean-up and landscape the yards around dozens of the housing units. Lots of weeds were pulled and many yards of bark dust was wheeled-in and spread.
"Our elder clients look forward to this event year each year," Joleen Reece, KHA Executive Director said. "I thank the softball team from the bottom of my heart. I heard nothing but great feedback from the great work. Thanks again for making a difference in these people's lives."
"We think the team effort to help seniors in our community was way more important than one day of practice," Coach Traci Fuller said. "And it was a great chance for our kids to work together, build our team and get to know each other a little better. All 17 of the kids worked hard...we loved it!"
The Red Devils begin fall play on Saturday, September 24 at Delta Park as part of the annual Sophomore Showcase crossover.
Devil Men's Basketball Takes It To The Streets
The Lower Columbia men's basketball team decided to give back on the Labor Day weekend.
Red Devil players gave their time to serve as referees for the Father's House/Highlands Area Renewal Project Three-on-Three Basketball tournament.
"It was a great thing for our players to do", said head coach Jim Roffler. "The Highlands area has come along way since the project began and the kids had a great time playing hoops. Our players also had a great time with the kids."
The event on Saturday September 3rd was held at Archie Anderson Park in Longview. It also featured a resource fair, free food and kids activities.
As for the winners, the kids division was won by the Hot Headz team featuring Nate, Twain and Hunter. "I've got to get them on our recruiting list for the future", quipped coach Roffler.
By the way, there was a Red Devil feel to the adult division winning team. Former Devil Jeray Key and current Devil Payton Miller teamed up with Scott Pisapia to take the crown.