The goal was simple for the Georgetown men's basketball team when the
team visited So Others Might Eat (SOME) in the Northeast section of
Washington, D.C. on Tuesday afternoon. It was to put a smile on your face and give back just a little bit.
by Head Coach John Thompson III, the entire men's basketball team and
coaches and staff hopped in vans and headed downtown to SOME, one of 30
locations in the Nation's Capital where the aim is "restoring hope and
dignity one person at a time."
Hoyas arrived at the complex on O Street NEaround 11 a.m. and after an
introduction to the staff, the players, coaches and staff were provided
aprons, name tags and given instructions on what they would be doing
over the next two hours.
D.C. community supports us tremendously and we didn't look at this as
an ‘experience'" Thompson said. "We just wanted to come down and help
out as much as we can. A lot of times all of us take for granted or lose sight of how fortunate and blessed we are and what we have. Being that we have been given a lot, it's our obligation to help out and give back as much as we can."
is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the
poor and homeless of the Nation's Capital. The group meets the
immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing and
health care. The offices on O Street, where the Hoyas gathered, serve
breakfast and lunch to more than 1,000 people each day, with breakfast
being served between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1
addition, SOME helps to break the cycle of homelessness by offering
services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment
and counseling to the poor, elderly and individuals with mental illness.
"We've only been here a short time and they're going to rewind and clean up and do this again tomorrow
and do it 365 days a year," Thompson said. "In addition to the food
component, SOME has a clothing component – what they call their
five-star boutique – where people can pick out what they want. There's a
medical component across the street. It's a tremendous organization
that as a team, we're going to partner up with and this is not going to
be the last time we're going to come down here."
three separate lunch shifts, Coach Thompson and his players served
lunch, refilled water and coffee, handed out sandwiches, washed dishes
and cleaned up tables to set up for the next shift of people coming in
was a great team-building experience for us to come out here and help
the people who aren't as fortunate and give back to the community,"
center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) said. "You see a lot of smiles on their faces. It's good to know that you can help people in just a short period of time by just giving them food."
was an eye-opening experience for the players, who chatted with people
as they came in and had lunch. Many of the people who came in for lunch
thanked them for coming, remarked on how big the players were and said
the Hoyas were their favorite team.
"It's always good to give back," sophomore forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) said. "We're part of D.C. and we get a lot of support, but a lot of people came through the line and were saying they watched on us TV. Our school is not really a college campus and we're more in the city, so we meet people who have nothing to do with Georgetown but they really root for us. And then to get a chance to see how they live, it's an eye-opening experience."