Just three months after Saint Viator soccer coach Mike Taylor was honored for encouraging his athletes to make a difference on and off the field, he’s at it again, this time accompanying the girls’ soccer team in making a donation to St. Coletta’s of Wisconsin.
The organization was founded in 1904, and it continues to be inspired by the Franciscan mission of compassion, dignity, and respect, in serving adults with developmental disabilities.
Its main residential facility is located in Jefferson, WI, but St. Coletta’s now serves adults in the Northwest suburbs, who live in 10 homes in the area and attend programs at a resource center in Rolling Meadows.
Team members presented Mr. Ted Behncke, president of St. Coletta of Wisconin, with a check for $2,000 at one of the regular Tuesday evening Masses celebrated by Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, a former president of Saint Viator.
Funds had been raised through a challenge hosted by Buddy’s Helpers, the charity arm of the PepsiCo Showdown, the country’s largest high school soccer tournament which had honored Taylor in January.
Saint Viator’s soccer team and coaches placed second in the challenge and they chose to donate their funds to St. Coletta, in part because of Fr. Bolser’s involvement with the organization and its local residents.
“Going forward, I’d like to start a conversation about how my players and coaches could contribute some of their time to help serve your organization in a way you see fit,” Assistant Coach T.J. King told St. Coletta officials. “We’re looking forward to working together.”