The 5th Annual Rams Playground Build was our first chance for us rookies to get involved in the community and give back. This year we were at Washington Elementary to build a playground, set up a basketball court, and paint the classrooms. We were split into groups to accomplish these tasks in an organized fashion. As you can see above, I got to practice my painting skills in a classroom and gave it a red and grey color scheme (as planned by the community service team). I had never painted before and for completing the room with no painter's tape, I think I did pretty good! Unfortunately, now my wife knows this and probably wants to paint our apartment now... haha but I will gladly do it. While we were painting, the other groups were working on the playground and parking lot games. After we had worked for a while, we had a chance to play with some of the kids that attended on a few of the "Play 60" inflatable games. Kids go crazy over this stuff! It is so fun to watch kids compete and try their hardest to impress us with their skills. I got to throw some footballs and kick some field goals, but found out I was not good at the latter. We were able to do a lot of work in a small amount of time before we departed back for the football facility. The rest of the community service team put in a lot of work before and after we came to make this playground build a success.
I love doing community service and working with kids, but hope I can become more of an influence in my communities in the coming years and participate in more events like this. I have participated in these opportunities that have come to me, but now I need to put myself out there and get involved. My introverted nature makes it hard for me to push myself to reach out and make the connections necessary to find and follow through on opportunities to serve. Hopefully this is only the beginning and I will take the next step towards becoming more of an influence in my community.
-Student of the Game