Jonathan Lenarz became Trinity's men's soccer coach last spring, he stated
that he wanted the team to become more active within the community. To
that end, he took the Trolls about two miles from campus to spend time
with students at Elim Christian School, a school for children with disabilities.
"Sometimes we take our able
bodies for granted and we're not as joyful about our abilities as we should
be," Lenarz said. "We can minister to those kids and also gain some perspective
from them and their situations."
Lenarz has great compassion
for disabled students. While a student at the College, the 1996 graduate
completed an internship at Elim where he developed strong ties with some
of the students.
During its visit, the team
played basketball, pool, and air hockey with the Elim kids, and Lenarz
believes both groups can benefit from more interaction in the future.
"We hope to make this a regular
monthly outreach during the off-season," he said. "I saw some of my guys
come out of their shells and establish some friendships. It should remind
us to use our abilities as fully as possible."
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