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York’s Lady Lions Hopes Cards Lift spirits of Troops in Afghanistan

Penn State York Women's Basketball team making cards
Members of the women's basketball team create holiday cards for troops in Afghanistan, left, to right, Hannah Kuhn, Red Lion, Pa.; Amanda Ball, McLean, Va.; Rossana Fano-Barbieri, Lancaster, Pa.; Courtney Riggs, Hanover, Pa.; and Ruta Dandekar, Mumbai, In
12/19/2011 —

Amanda Ball, McLean, Va., and members of the Penn State York women’s basketball team put their coloring and decorating skills to good use and created a pile of holiday cards to send to soldiers recently deployed to Afghanistan. The idea for the project came to the team from Terri Van Slyke, assistant basketball coach and an admissions counselor at Penn State York, who had done something similar at a previous school where she worked. Van Slyke noted that doing the cards is a great way to give back and let the troops know how much they are appreciated.

The project has special meaning for Ball because she remembers writing to her brother, David, when he was in Iraq and how much it meant to him. In addition to writing her brother, Ball was able to Skype with him and that let her really stay in touch. The cards created by the women’s basketball team were sent to a friend of her brother and the other soldiers in his unit. The women worked on the cards as a team a few times after practice and also took them home and worked individually.

“Cards and letters mean a lot, especially at the holidays,” said Ball. “It makes you feel good to make the cards and is a way to let the soldiers know we appreciate all they are doing for us. The holidays are really meant for people to be with family and surrounded by loved ones. The cards help make the soldiers feel more at home while they are away.”

The team hopes their cards will let the soldiers know how much they are appreciated and provide a taste of home.

To learn more about the Penn state York women’s basketball team, visit them on the Penn State York athletics website.

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