PHS runners put hearts into more than just miles

by Sophie Bolich for the Review


Members of Plymouth High School boys and girls cross country team make crafts for Project Angel Hugs. – Submitted photo Members of Plymouth High School boys and girls cross country team make crafts for Project Angel Hugs. – Submitted photo Having big hearts helps members of the Plymouth High School boys and girls cross country team do more than win meets. It also makes a difference in the community.

Head Coach Jay Grosshuesch makes an effort each season to emphasize team involvement in the community. Recently, the team completed one of its annual service projects at Project Angel Hugs.

“The goal of the service projects is to help these high school athletes look beyond themselves and fill a need by serving others,” said Grosshuesch.

On two afternoons in October, team members modified their workout to incorporate a stop at the downtown office of the nonprofit organization. They learned the history and mission of Project Angel Hugs, then put their creative skills to work crafting bookmarks and Halloween cards, which were packaged with Halloween candy to be sent to children struggling with cancer.

The goal of Project Angel Hugs is to brighten a patient’s day, and provide childhood experiences they would otherwise miss out on due to being in the hospital.

This is the fourth year the team has completed a service project during the season, and members of the team expressed their eagerness for the outreach to continue.

“I hope the team continues the service projects in the following years, because it has a positive influence and shows that people in this community really care about each other,” said senior Ryan Nygaard. “Helping out kids that are going through a difficult time always puts a smile on my face because I know it makes them happy,” he added.

Previous projects have included volunteering at the Plymouth Food Pantry and the Plymouth Care Center. Members of the team also served as bell ringers for the Salvation Army for the past three holiday seasons.

Sophie Bolich, a PHS senior, recently placed 15th at the State Cross Country Meet.


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