Step Forward Day Recap: Men's Golf
Sept. 14, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Step Forward Day celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Pepperdine this past Saturday, and the Waves' athletic teams were out in full force serving the community.
Thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as dozens of campus organizations, including classes, dorms, fraternities, sororities, and clubs, came together to assist nonprofit organizations, schools, churches and parks throughout Southern California.
Step Forward Day began in 1988 when two Pepperdine students recognized the need for volunteers in the local community and sought to encourage service among their peers. The projects began as small acts of service from helping to repair homes of local senior citizens to planting gardens at Webster Elementary School. Today the annual event has grown not only across Southern California, but also to communities nationwide as Pepperdine alumni step forward to help.
The men's golf team went to nearby Villa Esperanza. Senior Jeremy Sanders provided this account of his team's experience:
"On Step Forward Day we went to Villa Esperanza, which is an organization that helps take care of people with autism and Down syndrome. The house we went to had six people with Down syndrome living in it.
"Our job was to paint a bedroom and bathroom, organize the garage and clear out and break down a shed in the backyard. The work would be a burden on the people who manage the house but to a group of young men it would only take about four hours. Even though it was very simple work, it would help improve the quality of life for the people living in the house and make it easier for the them to manage.
"We all took away a a sense of accomplishment and self learning. Many of us had never painted a room or broken down a metal shed. Aside from that we came away with a warm feeling in our heats that we made a difference in our community."