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updated: 1/28/2013 1:13 PM

Wheeling girls basketball teams give back to the community

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The Wheeling High School girls basketball program delivers both on the court and in the community, working as a team, reaching out to others, and providing support.

During the holiday season, the sophomore and varsity teams visited the Addolorata Villa Retirement Community in Wheeling to sing songs of the season and spend time with the residents.

The girls visited a PADS site at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights to donate food, clothes and to help clean the entire shelter. There, they learned about the services provided for the homeless people in the Northwest suburbs and the causes of homelessness.

On Jan. 15, the sophomore and varsity girls teams, coached by Julissa Hernandez, played basketball and shared pizza with members of the Special Olympics Team run by Craig Ameel of John Hersey High School. Each year Ameel treats the crowd to pizza and beverages and brings the Special Olympic team for a bonding session between the athletes.

On Jan. 25, the girls sophomore and varsity teams traveled to Tarkington Elementary School in Wheeling for their annual reading day. During the event, the WHS players visited classrooms to read their favorite books to the grade school students and answer questions about high school life.

Through community service and outreach to area residents, the Wheeling girls basketball program brings the principles of good sportsmanship to an even higher level.

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