WATERTOWN, S.D.(KXLG)- Senior Night has always been a special event in the lives of high school athletes. It’s a time when they are recognized for their dedication to their sport in front of an appreciative home crowd.
But this week’s Senior Night for the Watertown Arrows volleyball team will be even more meaningful. That Night – Thursday, Nov. 2 – Arrow Outreach will debut. Arrow Outreach is a student-led humanitarian service project that aims to involve Arrow athletes in the community. The senior athletes will pick a local charitable organization to support on each of their Senior Nights.
The senior volleyball players chose to help Brothers and Sisters Behind Bars, which provides transitional housing for those leaving the criminal justice system. Brothers and Sisters Behind Bars was formed in Watertown in 2018 to help incarcerated individuals break the chain of addiction with the help of volunteers. The goal is to help those individuals become productive members of their community.
The Arrow senior volleyball players are asking fans to donate personal hygiene items that will be given to Brothers and Sisters Behind Bars. Items needed are toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, Kleenex, face and body wash, hand soap, body lotion, and combs and brushes. For each item donated, the fan will receive one ticket into raffle drawings for a $50 gift card to Roy’s Sport Shop and a $50 gift card to Trav’s Outfitters.
Fans can donate as many items as they want but are limited to 10 raffle entries.
The Arrow Outreach program began after a group of students, under the direction of WHS Assistant Principal Scott DeBoer, attended a leadership conference in Sioux Falls. Jenna Dede, an Arrow football cheerleader and a member of the competitive cheer team, was one of the conference attendees. She told KXLG News how Arrow Outreach began.
Another conference attendee, Arrow gymnast and softball player Kinsley VanGilder said such charity work is new to many students.
Dede said picking the charity was the first step in organizing the volleyball team’s Senior Night.
VanGilder said Arrow Outreach is hoping for a successful debut on Nov. 2.