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From hoops to soup: Wave boys basketball helps the homeless

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Darien High School boys’ basketball players wore a different type of uniform, recently serving food at a Shelter for the Homeless. Players involved included, front row (from left) Colin Sullivan, Matt Staubi, Colin Pasquarelaa, Brian Weigand. Back row: Henry Baldwin, Ian Burgoyne, Charlie Travers, Liam Naughton, Kyle Green, George Phillips and coach Kyle Marian.

Saturday night the Darien boys basketball team did more than dish out assists on the court. The Wave served up a meal to the residents of Shelter for the Homeless, Inc. in Stamford, instead.

A non-profit organization, the Shelter for the Homeless relies heavily on the kindness and generosity of volunteers.

Last year more than 500 people volunteered their time and energy to help realize the Shelter’s mission to empower people in their time of need.

The boys helped prepare and serve approximately 80 meals as well as spending time talking about the season and basketball with the residents.

“Working together at the Shelter for the Homeless was a special opportunity for the team,” said Liam Naughton, a senior. “It allowed us to work together but for others, not ourselves.”

Families and local business helped out in the kitchen as well.

“Frank Colandro from Mama Carmela’s Deli in Darien and our parents helped organize the food we needed for the evening,” Naughton added. “It was nice to be able to help others who are less fortunate.”

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