Step Forward Day Recap: Women's Basketball

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Sept. 13, 2013

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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 basketball team went to nearby Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica. Junior Tessa Emerson provided this account of her team's experience:

"This year was Pepperdine's 25th year anniversary of Step Forward Day. It's the annual day of going out and helping the community in and around Malibu. The women's basketball team was eager to step out to give a helping hand.

"We took a bus to Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica. There was so much to do there! Some girls did yardwork, others helped teachers organize their classrooms, and we also took inventory of emergency supplies. It was a lot of work, but we made it fun.

"Step Forward Day is an excellent way to get out in the community and help. We cannot wait to see what other community service opportunities we will have in this upcoming year."



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