2010-04-01

In SoRo: Eat Well and Support Sending Athletes to Camp


Vermont Law School first year student Ashley Romeo, mixes up some pancakes as part of the team's fundraising project to send high school girls to attend summer sports camps. Ashley is the VLS Women's Rugby scholarship chair.Vermont Law School first year student Ashley Romeo, mixes up some pancakes as part of the team's fundraising project to send high school girls to attend summer sports camps. Ashley is the VLS Women's Rugby scholarship chair.

The Vermont Law School women's rugby team has just held two fundraisers to help local high school girls to attend summer sports camps.

“Every year the team sponsors one student to attend camp, this year our goal is to sponsor two,” explained Susan Lettis, co-president of the team.

On March 19 the team held its annual St. Patrick's Day party at the Crossraods bar and restaurant. Last weekend the ruggers held “our very first semi-annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast, again at Crossroads, and we were very successful.”

Local families and VLS students came in hungry, and left with bellies full and a feeling of satisfaction knowing that they had just contributed to the community.

“Summer sports camps are incredibly important,” Lettis explained. “Overnight sports camps are intense, demanding, and so much fun! Unfortunately, they are also extremely expensive—$500 to $600 seems to be the norm for one week of camp.

“Sports camps help promote a healthy lifestyle, confidence, and self-esteem. They are a wonderful opportunity for high school girls to grow as athletes and individuals, represent their community, and meet new people.”

The two students sent to a sports camp by the VLS women’s rugby team will be:

Roselie Phillip, entering 12 grade at SRHS next fall, who will attend a track camp; and

Alexis Vincelette, entering 11th grade at SRHS next fall, who will attend soccer camp.

The rugby club hopes to host at least two pancake breakfasts per year, one in the fall, and one in the spring, to continue the tradition of providing scholarship money to local girls.

Lettis offered thanks to coach Scott Durkee, our coach, and to Dean Jefferson at VLS for supporting the team and for funding the breakfast supplies.

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