December 13, 2013 – The university's football team has teamed up with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Child Welfare Program to assist Washington's NBC-Affiliate with its weekly "Wednesday’s Child" segment.
Head Coach Kevin Kelly and students Alec May (C’15), Harrison Glor (C’16), Michael Kasten (C’15), Kyle Nolan (B’16) and Tim Barnes (C’17), welcomed, Nick, a child in foster care looking for an adoptive home, to campus early last week.
The Hoyas’ student-athletes took Nick on a tour of the team’s varsity weight room at Yates Field House before bringing him to the Multi-Sport Field for a pickup football game.
Kelly presented Nick with a bag of team gear and an official Georgetown Nike game football.
“While this is a huge experience for the young man to experience a college campus, it is also a huge experience for our guys,” Kelly said. “It's something that can really make them appreciate their own families and the opportunities that they've been afforded, especially around the holidays.”
NBC 4's "Wednesday’s Child" has featured area children in foster care looking for adoptive homes for more than 20 years. Kelly and his team have helped the children three times over the last four years by giving them a chance to interact with members of the Georgetown football team.
Appreciating What They Have
“It was great to have an opportunity to help Nick,” said Barnes, a quarterback. “Just seeing how happy he was running around on the field and putting on all of the Georgetown gear. This experience did make me appreciate what I have a lot more and be thankful for the small things that sometimes go without notice.”
May, who participated in the program for the second time, also said he enjoyed the experience.
“He was a great outgoing kid,” the defensive end said. “The whole experience really helped me appreciate my family and the awesome situation I have here at Georgetown, but it also made me realize just how tough of a kid Nick was to grow up without a family and still get good grades and do everything he's done.”
The segment is aired during the 11 a.m. news yesterday and will also air on the 9 a.m. news on Sunday, December 15. It can also be viewed on NBC 4’s Wednesday’s Child website.