It might not be baseball season, yet, but the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School baseball team has already been working together. They recently teamed up to give back to the community by helping with The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association Walk to Defeat ALS.
ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes extreme muscle weakness.
“The most rewarding thing about volunteering at this event is being able to help people who have ALS and their families,” said PWHS senior infielder Jesse Jaconski. “ALS is very serious and being able to help is a very awesome feeling.”
The PWHS baseball players set up tents and tables for the event, distributed water and snacks, and assisted as guides throughout the route to direct participants. In the past, the team has also volunteered for the local ALS Association at the organization’s holiday party and to help a family do odd jobs around their house.
“Service is important in so many ways, and it really helps our athletes to gain new perspectives — to increase their empathy and also practice important leadership skills,” said Head Baseball Coach Chris Manero. “These character traits not only make them better members of our community, but they translate directly to how they work with one another on the team and make us stronger as a group.”
Coach Manero initially worked with Joan Borowsky of the ALS Foundation when he was in college. A few years later, he ended up teaching Joan’s daughters at PWHS and reached back out to her to get the team involved.