BOSTON, Mass. – Last week volleyball head coach Terry Condon took a couple of hours to speak with kids at the local Boys and Girls Club. Coach Condon, who has been working in athletics for many years, told the kids how she first got involved in sports and how they have played such a major part in her life.
Joining Coach Condon at the Boys and Girls Club was three-time All-American Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.), junior captain Amber Clemons (Simi Valley, Calif.), and freshman and Massachusetts native Briana Sousa (Swansea, Mass.).
"This was a great experience for my players and I. It was a great opportunity to give back to the community and pass on my experience to the next generation. I just hope my story helped someone realize their potential and interest in sports as a career," said Condon.
Each player took a couple of minutes to tell the kids what it means to be a student-athlete at UMass Boston. Thompson and Clemons also spoke a little about how they discovered UMass Boston, with both players originally from California. Sousa told the kids about her experience about competing at UMass Boston, and what it is like to be a freshman in college.
"It was a very rewarding experience for me. When I was younger a college player came and spoke to me at my school and made playing sports in college my dream. I hope my story and advice was able to inspire another person to do the same," added Clemons.
Last week's was one of many community service projects the volleyball team does throughout the year. In November, they spent time at a clothing and food bank in Holland, Michigan as part of their week at the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.