Serving a Greater Purpose

The noise quietly erupts from the stands as a small group of students with soccer balls painted on their faces cheer as the Chaminade girls’ varsity team nearly makes a shot this past Wednesday against rival Flintridge Sacred Heart.  Gathering a small group of incredibly-dedicated students, Key Club hosted their second tailgate of the year to not only support this group of girls, but to also raise funds for their monthly focus charity, VIP Sports, an organization which provides opportunities for mentally-disabled kids to play team sports.  From the tireless efforts of the many members who not only took the time to volunteer but to also bake goods allowed this philanthropic club to raise well above their intended goal from their two bake sales.  Sometimes, donating money can often feel a bit impersonal on many levels, but this donation was personified through its members and leaders from their loud shouts to spare a dollar or two to purchase a brownie to the quieter work of spending breaks just counting the totals or designing promotional flyers and posters.  Most especially, the phenomenal support of faculty and Kiwanis advisors, Ms. Leonetti and Mr. Fisher, gave more than meaningless semantics to the word donation.  Instead these students along with so many other Key Club members as part of this internationally-recognized service organization channeled their efforts to build their own character by giving back to the community.  Just quiet conversations, laughs and food characterized the tailgate as new faces popped in, underscoring the club’s value of inclusiveness.  The scholarship which is associated with membership within the club not only strengthens a college application, but also merits great lessons in service leadership.  From this club’s establishment in 1990, its work from coordinating countless blood drives to sharing opportunities to give back from the Bark for Life to Operation Gratitude, Key Club stands for something greater, to not only serve a stranger or a new friend, but to also experience a deep happiness from giving back, to work towards not bettering the greater and closer community, but to better ourselves through acts of kindness but, more importantly, sincerity.