Step Forward Day Recap: Women's Golf
Sept. 12, 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 women's golf team went to nearby Juan Cabrillo Elementary School. Senior Danielle Gillaspy provided this account of her team's experience:
"The women's golf team showed up at our check-in time of 8:30 a.m. We ate bagels and took our usual many pictures, as we always do when we are together, before we got on the bus and seized the day.
"We went to Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, which is just down the street from Pepperdine. Our task for the day was to help out some of the teachers. As a team we worked hard and accomplished a lot, leaving the teachers gratified. We went to a couple different classrooms to dust shelves, organize books, pick up trash and do many other things to help them out.
"We were only at the elementary school for a couple hours but that was all that was needed to impact the lives of others. We not only impacted the teachers but we also impacted our lives by knowing what the true meaning of community service really is. My teammates and I wore nothing but smiles on our faces the entire day.
"After serving Juan Cabrillo we met at Alumni Park to catch up with everyone else that participated in, what I think, is one of the greatest days of the year. Sitting on the lawn, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, eating In-N-Out and reminiscing on what we came together for that morning. It was truly one amazing day."