“I think it’s important that the girls get some volunteering experience and appreciate the opportunities given them, such as being able to afford college and play collegiate athletics,” said Graves.
“So, I was searching for different ideas. I have twin 2-year-old boys and we watch Sprout (a PBS channel). They advertise the Pajama Program, so I looked it up and decided that it was a great cause, and something we could organize pretty easily. We held a pajama drive on campus and will be giving the items to the organization on June 3.”
The girls set up a table from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Madame Cadillac building and each team member took shifts staffing the table. In addition to collecting new pajamas and books, they raised $40 and were able to purchase additional pajamas and books. Team captains, Megan Gohl, Shana Tooley, Shannon Pietruszka, and Elizabeth Lerczak helped organize, count, and box up all the items. Other members of the Marygrove Volleyball team involved are: Jalissa Favors, Felicia Kelsey, Marissa Shorter, Kathryn Lewis, Jaci Michetti, Ashley Turner, and Assistant Coach Michael Love.