April 3, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army women's soccer team spent the weekend in Patterson, N.Y., volunteering their time with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that helps build homes for underprivileged families. It is the second straight year that the Black Knights have been part of this worthwhile cause.
The team performed a myriad of duties from removing debris and cutting wood to grading soil in doing some landscaping, along with framing a deck and helping lay tile in closing out a long but rewarding day helping the community.
Army's contingent consisted of head coach Stefanie Golan, officer representative Maj. John Bacon, along with players Julia Stallard, Lindsay Gordon, Katie Wacker, Marissa Malta, Ruthie Rosenberger, Stephanie Gower, Molly McGuigan, Joey Molacek, Jaclyn Kalik, Ellen Duckwall, Madison Oliver and Lara Wilson.
It was an enriching experience for everyone involved, but sophomore Joey Molacek hit the nail on the head when she said, "it is an unexplainable feeling that you get after you volunteer your time and realize that you have contributed a positive change to somebody's life. The Army women's soccer team and I felt an indescribable sense of goodwill working with Habitat for Humanity last weekend.
"It is the little things in life that make the biggest difference, and we should all dedicate ourselves to making somebody else's life just that much better."
The MVP of the Patriot League Tournament last fall, Molacek referred to a quote by Danny Thomas as to how she tries to live her life and feels it can help change people's perspectives on life.
"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for
yourself. It's what you do for others."
The Army midfielder also spoke about her role as a future leader following the weekend's experience. "I think we so easily get caught up in our lives as West Point cadets, and we forget the need to take a step back to see that we are all blessed with our health, education, and the limitless opportunities that West Point gives each of us.
"Our lives may seem difficult on a day to day basis because each day is filled with classes, formations, soccer practice, soccer games, military training and studying. We must balance the stress in our lives, stress that rises from our desire to earn a good academic standing, our desire to give maximum effort to becoming the best soccer players we can be, and the desire to learn the most we can about becoming future leaders in the United States Army.
"With all that said, we have no excuse not to give back to people less fortunate than we are. It is important to put your life in perspective and realize how much you have to offer to somebody else."