ROSEMEAD -- Recently two high school girls frosh soph basketball teams joined forces with Los Angeles Sparks president and made 1,179 sandwiches for hungry people.
Marshall won a non league game 29-21, then after the game, Christine Simmons, president and chief operating officer of business operations for Sparks, three-time champions of Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), spoke to the crowd about developing great character, being respectful and setting goals. Simmons talked about doing good in school and the importance of developing good traits while earning good grades.
Simmons also talked about and challenged each player, coach and fan to name three words that best describes them self as they set goals and realize how special each person is on the Earth. That was her homework assignment.
Then players, coaches, and fans from Marshall and Rosemead and Simmons worked together in less than two hours to make 1,179 sandwiches for hungry people.
Another major reason Marshall and Rosemead Volunteer Day was a huge success was because of the participation of two local Rosemead businesses. Oroweat on Temple City Boulevard just north of Valley Boulevard, donated 100 loaves of bread. Target (department store) in Rosemead Plaza at Rosemead Boulevard just north of the 10 freeway, donated dozens of jars of peanut butter and jelly. Additional supplies were paid for by Rosemead girls basketball teams fundraising done in recent months.
Both teams then shared pizza lunch with lots of food donated by the players from both schools.
Rosemead's girls junior varsity basketball team also helped make the sandwiches.
After the sandwiches were placed in zip lock bags, and boxed, God First Native American Food Bank in South El Monte provided transportation and delivered the sandwiches to places locally and in Los Angeles for hungry people.
Rosemead girls junior varsity basketball Coach CJ Joe Duran, RIP, provided Rosemead earlier in the season a contact with Sparks, before he passed away, to help get Sparks involved in Marshall and Rosemead Volunteer Day.