Getting together to play or practice is one thing.
Getting together with your pals on Christmas Eve to try and make a difference in your community is another.
Mike Dunne/Limestone senior: “We were excited about it. It’s a day off practice,” said Limestone senior Mike Dunne. “It’s fun to give to other people.”
Instead of practice, Limestone’s basketball packed dinner, loaded trucks cleaned chairs at the South Side Mission.
“Makes you feel great. Knowing people can have a nice meal, maybe they couldn’t afford it,” said senior Alex Rupp. “Spend the holidays with people they love. Helping them out.”
The Rockets helped packed over 3,800 Christmas dinners that were delivered to need families on Dec. 25. It was a record-high for the South Side Mission.
Coaches, players, managers, and video operators all volunteered. It’s the second year the Rockets spent Christmas Eve at the South Side Mission.
“Absolutely we want to make this an annual thing,” said coach Eddie Matthews. “The boys love it, need it, feel like we’re doing the right thing.”
Dunne added: “It makes you feel, not happiness but joy, knowing you are giving to other people, helping those in need. Especially people could be in need that you know. You know their struggle.”