Lightning Look to Support Cause as Part of Community Service Efforts
WILMINGTON, Del. – Over the last five years, the Goldey-Beacom College women’s basketball team has not only stressed being successful on the court, but has also emphasized making an impact in the community.
While the Lightning players have participated in many events during those five years, their participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 20 will also have another goal – showing support for one of their own.
For sixth-year senior guard Jacinda Jones (Concord H.S./Claymont, Del.), Saturday’s walk at the Wilmington Riverfront will have an extra special meaning as her mother, Constance, has been affected by the disease, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
During her freshman season at Goldey-Beacom, Jacinda’s mother was diagnosed with the ailment, which forced her not to be in the stands in that first year. It made things difficult for Jacinda both on and off the court.
“My mom was always there for me during my high school career, so it was very tough not having there,” Jacinda recalls. “It also affected my family because some of them thought I should not pursue school and be there for my mom more.
“But, my brother told me that my mom would want me to finish school and get my degree,” Jacinda added. “He has always been behind me and my decisions.”
For Jacinda, having the team’s support for this cause and being a part of the walk on Saturday is very important and means a lot to her.
“I always felt like I should have been doing more,” she says. “I think this is an opportunity where I can show how this has affected me because most people don’t know about my story. Some of my teammates don’t even know, so I think once they do know, they will appreciate things more and not take those things for granted.
“I always see my teammates’ parents at games and it does kind of hurt that my parents can’t be there,” she adds. “But, I see it as the fact that my mom is where she needs to be and getting the help she needs.”
For Coach Jen Carleton, the idea of having the team support one of their own players and reach out to the community was something that the Lightning could not missed.
“Whenever we can bring light to this situation and help J.J. and her family out, we are more than happy to do that,” Coach Carleton says. “It’s a good way to get our team together, get everyone on the same page and make a difference.”
The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Tubman-Garrett Park at 815 Justison Street in Wilmington with check-in taking place at 8 a.m.
To donate to the cause on behalf of the Goldey-Beacom College women’s basketball team, visit the following link: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk/PA-DelawareValley?pg=team&fr_id=1584&team_id=73410.
The Lightning, which won a school-record 19 games last year, will open their 2012-13 regular season schedule on Friday, Nov. 9 at Saint Thomas Aquinas College at 5 p.m.