To continue their weekly tradition, the girls’ basketball team will visit the Cedar Bluff Assisted Living and Memory Care facility this Saturday to support and spend time with the residents.
“Our basketball girls have done everything from playing bingo, making homemade ice cream, building puzzles, making holiday crafts, playing cornhole, creating flower arrangements, giving manicures and leading musical therapy with the residents,” basketball coach Kenni Patton said. “The residents have also attended some of our home basketball games and were given VIP treatment.”
Sophomore Aleksandra Clayton said she enjoys visiting Cedar Bluff and spending time with the people there.
“We enjoy going to visit the residents because we love to see others happy,” she said. “It is nice to just see them smile and know that they are happy. We look forward to the Cedar Bluff visits and enjoy the time and memories we share with them.”
Patton said that she loves watching the team participating and enjoying their time there with each resident.
“I enjoy visiting with the residents and building personal relationships, but even better, I get to sit back and watch my basketball girls do the very same thing,” she said. “Their hearts are bigger than they even know in these moments.”
The girls basketball mission statement serves as motivation for them to go to Cedar Bluff.
“Our mission statement in girl’s basketball is to ‘Be All Things, To All People, At All Times,’” Patton said. “That servant attitude is what inspires us to go to the assisted living facility on a regular basis.”
One of Patton’s former teachers gave her the idea to visit and serve at Cedar Bluff.
“When I was in high school, I had a teacher take us to Cedar Bluff once a week,” Patton said. “There are memories and people I remember to this day from those visits. It’s a great way to give back and I love seeing my team interact with the elderly.”
The girl’s basketball team will continue going to aid and spend time with the residents at Cedar Bluff who have become family to them.
“We have been visiting Cedar Bluff ever since Coach Patton became head coach three years ago,” Clayton said. “We love to give back to the community by spreading happiness, making others’ days and seeing them happy. It warms our heart knowing we can help others in the community.”