For the second consecutive year, the Owens C.C. Express women’s soccer team scored a big goal – helping a local family in need to have a merry Christmas through the United Way of Toledo’s Adopt a Family program.
Players and coaches worked together to help fill the family’s list of needs and wants. “Our goal is to make sure they get everything they need and almost everything they want,” said Express women’s soccer head coach Mary Whisler.
It was Whisler who contacted the local United Way last year to see how the team could help.
“Receiving a gift on Christmas is special,” she said. “Giving an entire family a Christmas is truly one of the best gifts of all. I have a very special group of girls. Their huge hearts showed on the field and also with this project. It’s a really good feeling.”
Whisler highly recommends this project for anyone who is looking for a way to give back.
The Express women’s soccer team recently completed their best season (17-2-2) in program history, achieving the program’s highest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-I ranking, No. 13, during the season, while also winning 15 straight games en route to the program’s first Region XII tournament championship and appearance in the NJCAA D-I National Tournament.
While at nationals, the Express finished 0-0-2 before falling in a one-day tiebreaker. They won the NJCAA’s Lea Plarski Sportsmanship Award for exhibiting the best sportsmanship of any team at the national tournament, as well.