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Wheeling Jesuit volleyball players

Most people recognize Wheeling Jesuit University                                service trips — the two smile from
(WJU) students Haley Kindall and Kayce Krucki for                               ear to ear, sharing stories about the
their exploits on the volleyball court. But to children                         young people who “impacted our
in Guatemala and Tanzania, they were the women                                  lives as much as we did theirs.”
who built classrooms at an orphanage, taught them
English and painted their fingernails.                                              Krucki, an athletic training major
                                                                                from Findlay, Ohio, and two friends
    For Kindall and Krucki, the Jesuit motto of ‘service                        spent a month at an orphanage in
to others’ is more than a phrase — service to others is                         Tanzania. While the group stayed at
how they live each day.                                                         a host home, their days were spent
                                                                                teaching English to children be-
    When Kindall and Krucki talk about winning the                              tween the ages of 3 and 11.
NCAA Division II volleyball national championship
last December, you can hear the excitement in their                                 “They have the biggest hearts of
voices. But the same is true when they describe their                           anyone I’ve ever met. The kids don’t
                                                                                have any of the same opportunities I
                                                                                have. We take school, sports, books
                                                                                and basic necessities for granted
                                                                                and for them, those things are a big
                                                                                deal,” said Krucki.

                                                                                    The trip impacted Krucki and her
                                                                                friends so much that they decided
                                                                                to ‘adopt’ an 11-year-old boy from
                                                                                the orphanage. The three friends
                                                                                are donating money each year,
                                                          which pays for the boy’s tuition to attend a secondary
                                                          school. They also send him money for clothes and
                                                          supplies throughout the year.
                                                              “Most of these kids don’t have parents. Once
                                                          they hit the age of 12, if they don’t have the money to
                                                          attend secondary school, they are on their own and
                                                          must find a job,” Krucki explained. Attending sec-
                                                          ondary school not only provides the children with an
                                                          education, but meals too — something many of the
                                                          children don’t receive at home.
                                                              As part of her church group, Kindall, a business
                                                          marketing major from Westerville, Ohio, traveled to a
                                                          small community in Guatemala. For the past 14 years,

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