CSC basketball teams repaint benches at the Dawes County Historical Society Museum
CSC sports teams have a history of participating in The Big Event, and this year was no different for the men’s and women’s basketball teams and dance team.
The women’s basketball team went to the Dawes County Historical Society south of Chadron to scrape paint off benches, repaint the benches, and remove weeds and leaves from gardens, among other tasks.
Linda Rotness, of Chadron, is on the board of directors for the Historical Society and said that the Historical Society is volunteer-ran but most of the volunteers are retired.
“It’s not always easy to get people to do this kind of stuff,” Rotness said. “It’s great to have young people out here to help.”
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Janet Raymer said that the team was assigned to this location and was happy with the placement.
All eight of the eligible players helped with the event, and a former player was also helping, Raymer said.
“It’s good to give back,” Raymer said. “We’ve been wanting to do more of this type of thing (serving) anyway so it was a good opportunity for us. We want to do more of this in the fall, just on a small scale. The Big Event has inspired us.”
Raymer said the team has helped with The Big Event all the years she has been working with the team and she thinks they helped before that too.
The men’s basketball team also served.
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Houston Reed said the team has helped with other volunteer projects this year.
“We helped with the Closer to Home project, the Catholic Church Thanksgiving meal this year, and the after school program at the middle school and elementary school. We try to give back all year long,” Reed said.
The men’s team worked at the home of Debra Ainslie, of Chadron, weeding a patch of her yard.
“I signed up to have help with this because last year this project took me 11.5 hours alone,” Ainslie said.
Both teams kept the atmosphere light and fun, singing and playing music while they worked.
The dance team also got involved in the giving-back action.
“Fantastic!” is all community member Glen Kotschwar could think of to say as he hosted the Eagle Dance Team’s jobsite at the United Methodist Church.
Coordinator of Admissions Services Erin Heide, her husband, and 2-year-old daughter helped lead the Eagle Dance team.
The team of volunteers took in the sun while helping Kotschwar clean the church’s yard, take down a basketball hoop, and trim some hedges.
“I have been a part of The Big Event for three years now,” co-captain of the Eagle Dance Team, Courtney McClenahan, 21, junior of Grant, said. “My favorite site I have been at is outside of town where we helped a lady get her yard ready for a graduation party. The Big Event is a great thing for both CSC and Chadron. It is great to give back to the community.”