Women’s Basketball Gives Back with Visit to Charles River Center

Photo courtesy of Harvard Basketball
Photo courtesy of Harvard Basketball

The Crimson student-athletes and coaches headed to Charles River Center to spread some joy (Harvard basketball).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Members of the Harvard women's basketball team headed to the Charles River Center Friday, a therapeutic day services program for adults with physical and mental disabilities, to spend time with the residents.

"I cannot even describe what it felt like to walk into the center," said senior captain Erin McDonnell. "All of the adults were sitting in a circle and started cheering and chanting when we arrived. Some of the adults were able to participate in the games and challenges, while others were happy to cheer them on. Seeing (Coach) Kathy (Delaney-Smith) interact with her sister, Margaret, was definitely one of the highlights for me. We could all tell that Margaret appreciated our presence and her new Harvard sunglasses (which looked great on her). Although we participated in simple activities, like high fives, dancing and dribbling, the center residents could not have appreciated it more. These are little things which we often take for granted, but it made their day. We walked in not knowing what to expect and left with smiles on our faces knowing that our team made a powerful impact."

"It was a very rewarding and humbling experience to have the opportunity to visit the Charles River Center," added senior Ali Curtis. "The smiles on their faces and the fun-loving energy in the room was palpable. I had a great time shooting hoops and playing games with them. While the residents were obviously happy and excited to see the Harvard women's basketball team, I cannot even begin to describe the emotions and feelings of joy that I got from spending time with them. It was definitely a great experience and something I would love to do again, should I get the chance. It was also a lot of fun meeting Kathy's sister and I'm so happy that Kathy gave us the chance to visit her and all of her friends!"

McDonnell, Curtis, Kit Metoyer, Destiny Nunley, Kirby Porter and Cameron Nieters, as well as the coaching staff, taught basketball skills, shot around, handed out prizes as well as high fives.