Dec. 11, 2003
Baltimore, Md. - Members of the Loyola College men's and women's soccer teams visited the Johns Hopkins Children Center in downtown Baltimore yesterday. Loyola student-athletes took part in activities and brought gifts to children in the Child Life Department of the Hospital.
"This is something we did in the pro leagues and it I really enjoyed it," says assistant men's soccer coach and former Loyola All-America Christof Lindenmayer. "It's really good for our guys, and the kids are so happy to see us."
Lindenmayer, drafted by the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer in 2000, called the Children Center and was welcomed by the staff. The players took over soccer balls, and shirts for the children and helped make Christmas cookies on their visit.
"It was fun and something nice to do for the children," says John Dalziel, who dressed up in the Greyhound mascot uniform. "I really enjoyed myself."
In a true Jesuit tradition of action-oriented response through service to the needs of others, the men's soccer team also runs a spring clinic in memory of Kevin Rooney, who was diagnosed with cancer as a freshman on the Loyola soccer team. The Rooney Clinic, run on Saturday's in the spring, is set up for inner city youth interested in soccer.
Wednesday's visit to the Children Center gave Greyhound student-athletes a chance to get away from class and give back to the community. Lindenmayer says that Loyola will continue to visit the hospital and hopes to make this more than just a once-a-year trip.
"We'll definitely go back," says Lindenmayer. "It's such a great experience and I think everyone had a good time."