Like any good grandson, Jason Marquis made sure to visit his two grandmothers in Princeton nursing homes over the holiday season. He took his Bureau Valley Storm basketball team to help spread some Christmas joy with some good old-fashioned Christmas caroling.
The singing Storm were a big hit at all three facilities they visited.
“It’s easy to make their day being young people,” Marquis said. “We’ve got a bunch of able-bodied young men who need to give back to the community and that seemed like an easy, fun way to offer something back. The kids were excited about it, constantly singing ‘Silent Night’ every night to close practice as we were approaching our caroling expedition. We’ve got a good bunch of kids with good families so I think they realized it was a nice gesture and that it is fun to serve other people in simple ways like caroling.”
The residents got into the spirit, several following the team and singing along with them, others clapping along and making requests for songs.
BV seniors Frank Gebeck and Jordan Monier said it was a worthwhile experience for the team, who got as much out of their visits as the residents did.
“It was a lot of fun, I loved going in there and making a difference. The smile on their faces, you can’t beat it,” Gebeck said.
“It was a good bonding experience for the team and it felt good doing a little community work and spending time with the residents and make their day a little brighter. They don’t get to see high school kids every day,” Monier.
The Storm play a pretty mean game of basketball. Outside of the Storm’s Hunter Klemme and his Justin Bieber hair, and manager Paul Donovan, there’s not going to be any auditions for “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent” anytime soon.
“I’d hope we are more talented at playing basketball than singing, cause we weren’t very good. I’m pretty sure we had some of the citizens turning down their hearing aids as we belted into “Hark the Herald,” he said.
“They still seemed to enjoy it ... bunch of smiling young faces must make up for some off-tune, off-rhythm caroling.”
That’s what the Christmas spirit is all about. The Storm one day may find themselves on the other side of the aged fence and remembering when they took the time caroling and smiling.
Well done, young men.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at email@example.com.