June 26, 2008
AUBURN - Eighteen members of the 2008-09 Auburn women's basketball team and staff spent Monday and Tuesday volunteering at Storybook Farms.
Chantel Hilliard, Sherell Hobbs, Trevesha Jackson, Ruth Ketchum, Alexis Ogubie, Mikaika Pickard and Sierra Sims volunteered on Monday, while Whitney Boddie, DeWanna Bonner, KeKe Carrier, Jordan Greenleaf, Morgan Jennings, Alli Smalley and Parrisha Simmons went on Tuesday.
The student-athletes were joined by head coach Nell Fortner, assistant coach Kerry Cremeans, director of basketball Operations Melissa Maines and administrative assistant Arnika Clements.
"It's very important the children at Storybook Farms have the opportunity to interact with the student-athletes they see on TV," Clements, who organized the event, said. "This also gives our student-athletes the chance to see life from a different perspective since the children who come to Storybook Farms live life very differently from most kids".
Storybook Farm, Inc. is an equestrian-based program in Opelika that offers free therapeutic care to children with chronic or terminal illnesses and/or disabilities and those learning to live with a loss.
"I really enjoyed volunteering and spending time with the children," Hobbs said. "I really loved the opportunity that my teammates and I had to be positive role models in the community and I hope our visit to Storybook Farms really made the kid's day".
"I loved the entire Storybook Farm experience and was deeply moved by what the organization was doing and by the fact that it is all non-profit," Sims said.
For additional information on Storybook Farm, Inc., visit their web site at http://www.story-book-farm.org/index.html.