On May 14 and 15, about 90 boys from the Everest Middle School volunteered at Michigan Victory Games. The Victory Games sports tournament for the physically challenged took place this year at Michigan State University. Our boys helped with bowling, bocce ball and swimming as referees, ball boys, assistants, and fans.
The 6th and 7th grade boys participated in the bowling competition. The young men helped to keep score, assisted the non-ambulatory athletes by helping find the proper balls and line up their ramps, and created a very positive atmosphere. Parents and staff were constantly complimenting the boys. Stella Husch, the head of the event, wrote, “I’ve had quite a few people pull me aside to sing praises about your group volunteering today. Everyone was very impressed with the way they conducted themselves, how friendly there were and how active they were. Thanks, thanks, thanks!”
The 8th graders oversaw bocce ball and swimming. While the athletes on the bocce ball courts were tense with concentration, the EA boys filled in as ball boys, score keepers, and personal assistants. Louis, who lead the bocce tournament, gave the volunteers from Everest a practical explanation of the game, and they were even allowed to play a bit.
While this was going on, another group of the 8th graders helped with the swimming events. Their main task was to applaud as much as possible, and the athletes were overjoyed to have such a crowd. To see photos of the event, go to the Michigan Victory Games Facebook page.
Middle School Apostolic Day, a new tradition at Everest, offers an opportunity for middle school students to engage the community and pass on the love of Christ. (The Girl’s Middle School completed their apostolic day on April 24.) Other apostolic opportunities for the middle school include local monthly missions, and the upcoming Camp Mountaineer, June 21st through June 28th, will culminate in an apostolic service project. All these initiatives reflect Everest’s commitment to Integral Formation, helping students develop spiritually, apostolically, intellectually and in their human virtues.