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    The Annual Great Commons Ball Roll 2019

    Occupational Therapy Major
    April 9, 2019
    By: Elizabeth Aberant ‘19 

    There is only one event each year that attracts students, faculty, staff, and community members alike to watch 5,000 tennis balls roll down the University Commons. The Great Commons Ball Roll is an event that supports Campus Ministries’ International Service Program (ISP). This year the event will take place on Wednesday, April 24 (rain date April 25). ISP provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to travel to developing countries on service trips By selling tennis balls, ISP participants raise money that fund these trips 

    The event is similar to a raffle. If the tennis ball you purchased reaches the bottom of the hill first, you win one of the100 prizes! Prizes include Giants football tickets, Apple air pods, gift cards, airlines travel voucher, and many more. Purchase tennis balls during the DeNaples Center lunchtime table sits over the next few weeks and at the event.   

    During my sophomore year, I was fortunate enough to travel to Nicaragua on an ISP service trip. Together my group and I visited community members, played with local children, built a house, and immersed ourselves in the culture. Simply put, the experience was life-changing. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity. The things we learned and the memories we made were invaluable to say the least. Now two years later, I am still involved with the program assisting Barbara King, ISP Coordinator in planning the Great Commons Ball Roll.  

    This year our goal is to sell all 5,000 tennis balls and raise $10,000. Giving back is the least I can do for everything this experience gave to me. If you would like to support ISP and help us reach our goal, please buy tennis balls and/or donate prizesBy contributing, you will not only make the price of the trip more affordable, but you will also be  providing University  students, faculty, and staff with the experience of a lifetime. 

    Feel free to contact barbara.king@scranton.edu with questions. 

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