On Sept. 30 the Arcadia University Women’s Basketball team volunteered to help out Depaul USA, a transitional house for the homeless in Philadelphia that provides people experiencing homelessness with purpose and hope for a positive future.
Depaul USA hosted Hoops for Homes, its annual three-on-three charity basketball tournament, at LaSalle University’s Hayman Center. All 18 members of Arcadia’s Women’s Basketball team offered their services by officiating, score-keeping, collecting money for a raffle and keeping the crowd entertained with halftime games.
“I am so glad we could volunteer and help out Depaul USA with their three-v-three basketball tournament,” said second-year Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lorie Khalil. ”It was a fun event and benefited a great cause. Anytime we can help others we want to.”
Linda Ruth Paskell ’81,’96M.Ed., an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia, introduced Khalil to Oliver Miller, executive associate at the Depaul House and the organizer of the tournament. “Linda has so much positive energy and does such great things at Depaul and beyond, without her making this connection, it would have been a relationship that would have been lost. We look forward to working with Depaul this year and years to come,” said Khalil.
Paskell collaborates with the Global Connections program at Arcadia to offer a class at the DePaul House. In her course, “The Artist in the Community,” she guides undergraduates as they volunteer at the shelter while working on a variety of projects that fuse art, community and service.
For more information on the Depaul House, visit www.depaulusa.org.