ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois High School Girls program kicked off the 2015-16 Fall Season with its first annual Upper 90 community outreach event. SLSG Illinois partnered with Marygrove Children’s Home in Florissant, Missouri to give back to the community.
“As a staff, we felt it was important for the girls to get involved in the community, and reach out to those who are less fortunate than we are,” SLSG Illinois Girls Director of Coaching Shawn Hewitt said. “It was a great opportunity for the girls to have a positive impact on other kids in our community. We are looking forward to continuing this tradition in the future at SLSG Illinois.”
The girls competed in a 4v4 tournament, consisting of eight high school girls’ teams, aged 15-18, at the SLSG Collinsville Facility. A total of 116 girls participated in the event, each of whom contributed a donation as their entrance fee to the event.
A total of $2,630 was donated in the form of cash, checks, and gift cards. In addition to the financial donations, players also donated blankets, bedding, toiletries, luggage, and other personal care items to assist Marygrove in its latest expansion of its Crisis Program.
Marygrove Children’s Home is located in Florissant, Missouri, and is home to children and families in need. The children and adolescents who are placed at Marygrove have often been through failed placements in other residential facilities or foster homes. Without Marygrove’s services, the at-risk young people it assists would face a future living in a much more restrictive environment.
“Marygrove is so appreciative of the partnership developed with SLSG Illinois,” Marygrove Chief Development Officer Kathryn Feldt added. “The funds and items collected from this recent event will go towards Marygrove’s Crisis Services, a youth shelter program which protects children, teens and families from victimization on the streets. We are grateful that the St. Louis Scott Gallagher organization focuses not only on developing athletes, but by opening their hearts to our kids as well.”