BAWSI is currently in our eight-week spring BAWSI Rollers program at Oster Elementary School serving about 40,1st – 5th grade children, who are deaf or hearing impaired. This spring season we have been lucky enough to have the San Jose State University Women’s Soccer team volunteering at Oster for the entire eight-week spring season. The SJSU Women’s Soccer players are committed to using their platform as collegiate athletes for good in the community. There work with BAWSI and the children at Oster Elementary School has been truly inspirational.
(*2011 SJSU Women’s Soccer Team)
Along with the SJSU Women’s Soccer Team, our site manager at Oster is the former goalkeeper for the Division 1 SJSU Women’s Soccer team, Meghan Maiwald. On top of having incredible athletes volunteer as coaches, Meghan serves as a perfect role model for the children at Oster because she too is a deaf athlete. Through hard work and dedication, Meghan, the former Spartan, is now on the USA Women’s Deaf National Soccer team and starting her journey to the Deaf World Cup and Deaflympics.
In order to support this journey, Meghan, as well as the other players on the USA Women’s Deaf National Soccer Team, must raise $5,000 each. In order to share her story and raise money and awareness for the team, Meghan will now be blogging on Women Talk Sports! To support Meghan and the USA Women’s Deaf National Soccer team view Meghan’s Blog!
One thing that I have learned from working with Meghan is that as a women’s sports community we must support each other! In order to accomplish our goals and gain visibility in the world of sport, women must support other women and encourage young girls to follow their athletic dreams as well. The SJSU Women’s Soccer team has done a great job of encouraging our BAWSI Rollers to play and be physically active and Meghan has proved to the children at Oster Elementary School that anything is possible!