June 6, 2013
Sunday evening of June 2nd turned out to be quite an exciting and energetic evening for the student-athletes who volunteered with the HopeKids organization. What this special organization does is put together fun, free events for kids and their families with life-threatening illnesses. This way they have the opportunity to have fun and only worry about simply being a kid.
This event’s destination was Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, located just outside of Minneapolis in Oakdale. Here the kids can jump on seemingly endless trampolines that are even on the walls. The trampoline park is complete with a foam pit, basketball hoops, and soft foam balls to ensure a great time. The athletic teams represented at this event were wrestling, rowing, men’s basketball, and women’s track and field, cross country, and swimming and diving.
The student-athletes arrived at 7:00 p.m., very eager to meet the kids and join them on the trampolines. Here the imaginations of the kids and the student-athletes ran wild with games of tag, bouncing competitions on and off the walls, dunk contests, flip contests into the foam pit, and of course darting from one end to the other of the gigantic trampolines.
Andie Zeman of the women’s cross country and track and field team stated her favorite part as “pretending to be ‘The Avengers’ with some kiddos. We were all laughing and they were showing me their moves. They were absolutely ecstatic and their only worry in the world was what superhero they wanted to be next. It was rewarding that I could help the kids just be carefree for a little while.” Kaela Anderson of the women’s swimming and diving team explained that “it was so rewarding to have the parents of these amazing children come up to us and thank us for our time. It made me feel as though we had made a big difference in the lives of these children. It was just so much fun to be around these kids!”
The fun and excitement at Sky Zone was truly contagious and never ending, making it very difficult to call it a night. The student-athletes are looking forward to volunteering with HopeKids again this Saturday, June 8th at the Suburban Adventure Walk and Run.
Written by Morgan Sickels
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