Warriors Volunteer Despite Not Making The Trip

Not being able to travel with the team is something no athlete ever wants to experience.  But when Nichole Meyer, Taylor Waldon, and Sierra Casas were faced with that reality this past weekend they chose to use the time at home to make a difference.

While the women's soccer team was in Southern California playing Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A., the trio spent their Sunday volunteering with Special Olympics.  They helped run a soccer tournament at the Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon by officiating games, keeping score, and assisting players and parents.

“I’m so impressed with the character shown by these three women,” said Cal State Stanislaus head coach Gabriel Bolton.  “There are a lot of other things they could have been doing on Sunday but these three stepped up and decided to make a big difference at a very special event.”

Faced with budget cuts, one of the event’s long time organizers Jim McGuiness, father of sophomore women’s soccer player Ashley McGuiness, sent an email to Bolton asking for volunteers even though the team was on the road.

“It’s tough to tell someone they aren’t traveling and also 'by the way can you volunteer your time while you aren’t traveling',” explained Bolton.  “But the event needed whatever help we could provide and these three answered the call.  I could not be more proud.”

Jim McGuiness was extremely impressed with the three Warriors.

“Nichole, Sierra and Taylor were a huge help and they were magnificent on the field as refs, on the sidelines as scorekeeper’s and with the athletes,” said McGuiness.  “Parents, coaches and the athletes very much appreciated them being there.”

While the tournament participants certainly benefited from the efforts of these three players it is safe to say all three received a lot back in return.

“It was a really rewarding and memorable experience,” said Waldon.  “I loved talking to the athletes and getting to know them.  I hope that I can do it again.”