Seattle University women's soccer head coach Julie Woodward and two of her student-athletes, Stephanie Verdoia and Renae Russell, traveled to Belize over spring break for a service trip sponsored by Seattle University's Professionals Without Borders (PWOB). The group volunteered at Liberty Children's Home, an orphanage for children who were abandoned, abused or afflicted with HIV.
This was the third consecutive year PWOB journeyed to work with Liberty Children's Home, building upon and repairing water filtration systems they had previously constructed during past trips. The filtration systems have allowed residents to repurpose laundry water for use in the garden and to clean pig pens, which helps provide food for the children. The team also helped add security improvements to the home.
"Our (trip) was an amazing, humbling and beautiful experience," said Woodward. "Being able to share it with Steph and Renae was extremely special and continued to remind me what a great place Seattle U is, not just for student athletes, but our campus community as a whole. We were able to help others, meet some wonderful people and experience another country's culture. It is something I will never forget."
You can read more about the trip here.
- Mollie Hanke