St. Louis Scott Gallagher strives to not only impact players on the field, but off the field as well. The club strives to instill its shield values in its players and encourages them to have a positive impact in the community. Madison Love, SLSG Illinois Girls 2003 Premier player, recently demonstrated her commitment to positively impacting the community by putting together 150 care packages for patients who are going through chemotherapy treatments across multiple St. Louis area facilities. “Madison has a big heart and cares for people," said Madison’s coach and SLSG Illinois Premier Girls’ Program Director, Kyle Riebeling. "This is just one example of how she epitomizes the club’s shield values and shows that she cares for people and the community. Working with young people like Madison, who embrace the values and are willing to humble themselves to have a positive impact on others, is a true blessing.” This was a second major community outreach program she donated her time to already this fall season. She also participated in the SLSG Illinois Girls’ fall Upper 90 project back in August.
"It is great to hear about these stories within our club," added Shawn Hewitt, SLSG Illinois Girls’ Director of Coaching. "Madison's willingness to donate her time and energy to something bigger than herself shows a great example of her humility. Gestures like these remind us how important our family and giving back to our community truly is."
The subject of her community service project hits very close to home. Madison’s desire to support others who are going through these treatments comes from seeing firsthand the toll chemotherapy has on the body. Along with her father and brother, Madison has stood by her mother as she has endured these treatments in her battle with cancer.
By completing this community project, Madison also fulfilled the Girl Scouts’ Silver Award. “I decided to (put together) chemo care packages that included blankets, hand sanitizer, puzzle books, and other small items. I wanted to put a smile on people’s faces as they started chemo because it made my family smile when people helped my family during this difficult time in our lives. The generosity of others inspired me the most and I thank them for it.”
Among the family and friends who assisted Madison with putting together the care packages, was former SLSG Illinois Girls’ player, Mabry Slagle. “It’s great to see that even after a player moves on from the club, they still exemplify the shield values and show a desire to positively impact the community. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,” commented Riebeling.
To see more about SLSG’s Upper 90 Program and how your team can participate, see Upper90 Program.