Hilhi Girls Soccer Team Surprises Rival Team with Donation
The Hilhi Girls Soccer team finished second in the NWOC League and their head coach, Dean Miyama (pictured at left), was named NWOC Coach of the Year.
When the Hilhi Girls Varsity Soccer team played Hood River Valley (HRV) High School in September, they decided to give “secret sister” gifts to the players and also go donate $500 for them to use at their discretion to help their school and community rebuild after the Eagle Creek Fire.
The following month, they learned that the HRV team was not only touched by this act of kindness, it also spurred them into action. After being challenged by their coach to double the amount they’d been given, HRV girls raised an additional $1,330.
They then took the $1,830 and made donations to three community organizations:
Hood River Crag Rats Search and Rescue;
Hood River County Fire Chiefs – with funds earmarked for Wildfire Prevention and Urban/Wildfire Interface Evacuation; and
Cascade Locks FISH Food Bank to support families, food pantries, and businesses adversely affected by the fire.
“Please pass this along to your team and families, and thank you again,” expressed HRV Head Coach Kevin Haspela. “Your team started something meaningful for our community.”
Great job and way to go, Hilhi Girls Soccer team! You make us Proud to be HSD!