It’s tough for Loudoun County guard Maggie Phillips to find time for community service activities. During the fall, the 2012 All-Met Volleyball Player of the Year is slamming balls for one of the best volleyball teams in the state and now she’s leading the Raiders in scoring on the hardwood. And she serves as a captain on both teams.
With so little time to complete such activities, Phillips and her parents decided she should find one major community service item that interests her and direct a large event.
And for the second consecutive year Phillips, along with many other students whom she acknowledged, put together the Hoops for Heroes event at Loudoun County Wednesday. The Raiders boys’ and girls’ teams played five games against Tuscarora during the fundraiser.
Through t-shirt sales, sponsorships, donations and an Ipad raffle, a total of $16,693 was raised for the Wounded Warriors Project. And the number is still rising as t-shirts are still up for grabs.
“It was awesome, it was so great,” Phillips said in a phone interview. “Even though we didn’t win it still was a great event.”
The guest of honor, U.S. Army specialist Josh Wetzel, gave a riveting speech that ended with a standing ovation. Wetzel lost both his legs from an explosion during a tour in Afghanistan in 2012.
“When he spoke the entire crowd was in tears,” Phillips said. ” We are were listening fully and humbled by the experience. His standing ovation was electric.”
For Philips, the event means a lot more than just community service as she will enroll at the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall. Following in the footsteps of her mom, Gretchen, who flew jets in the Navy and her father, David, who flew helicopters in the Marine Corps.
“I was really excited about the way it brought the community together,” she said. “Every kid was involved.”
Below is a WUSA-9 video of the event.