The members of the Albion College women's basketball team have precious few Saturdays to enjoy before launching into practice leading up to the start of the 2014-2015 campaign.
The Britons, however, were happy to lend their time to volunteer at the Happy Babies Day held Sept. 27 at the Albion Community School. Sixteen student-athletes worked two-hour shifts during the event which stretched from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities included from staffing the registration table, distributing sack lunches, providing childcare for youngsters, and modeling the proper CPR technique on mannequins.
"Emily DeWaters (a junior post player from Gull Lake and vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) found out about the program through the United Methodist Church which sponsored the event," Mikaela Bromley, a junior guard from Nashville, Mich., and one of the women's basketball representatives to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, said. "A lot of women on the team, me included, have younger family members – nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters – so a lot of us helped with childcare. We played with the little kids. It was something of interest to us.
"We learned that we can make a difference just by having the 16 of us give two hours of our time," Bromley added. "It was a lot of fun to see the kids having so much fun."
The women's basketball team, under the direction of 14th-year head coach Doreen Carden, begins practice Oct. 15. The Britons, who play their first four games on the road, will make their home debut Nov. 25 against Dominican (Ill.) University.