Women's soccer bowls with disabled youths through EDD Memorial Fund


COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team continued its community service work with the Eric D. Dettenrieder (EDD) Memorial Fund last week, as 10 Purple Knights spent the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 2, bowling with eight children and young adults with physical or developmental disabilities at Spare Time in Colchester.

The Purple Knights also joined with the EDD Memorial Fund to hold their third annual free soccer clinic this past August. Many of the parents whose children went bowling provided positive feedback to EDD Memorial Fund Director Gretchen Owens about both the event and the participation of the Saint Michael's student-athletes:

  • "Just a quick note of much thanks for such an enjoyable afternoon. Emma and Rebecca had the best time! The Saint Mike's gals are a delight and really made a difference for Emma and Rebecca, as well as all the participants!"
  • "Not very many things are easy for Joe, but bowling is easy for him. This is a perfect activity for him. Thank you!"
  • "Hi, Gretchen and Saint Michael's soccer volunteers. I wanted to thank you for the fun afternoon at bowling and the T-shirt that you gave Chris. This is one of his favorite activities, and I know he appreciated your time and support." 

The EDD Memorial Fund, which is named for the late Dettenrieder, who worked as a ski instructor for terminally ill children, serves to build self-confidence and purpose in young people with disabilities through providing sports opportunities. The fund, which offers the majority of its programs in Central New York, provides recreational and competitive sports programs for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.