A Day of Volunteering (With the Anaheim Ducks)

Following my life principle that life is to learn and to do, I love taking part in volunteer activities for a better society. And U.S schools seem to have lots of opportunities, both on and off campus.

Last week, I volunteered with my classmates at an event called “Anaheim Ducks First Flight Field Trip” for high school students in Orange County. This event is to help educate students through hands-on exhibits and displays, workbook activities, and (best of all) live instruction by hockey experts – the Anaheim Ducks player and coaches.

I was assigned with Sherry, a Taiwanese international student, to run an activity that teaches students how to concentrate through playing a ball-passing game. Though I lost my voice instructing the game for the hundreds of kids who visited my booth on that day, it made me so happy to see the laughter and happiness on the kids’ faces. I myself smiled a lot and had a fun time too.  Here are some pictures of our day, which culminated with the opportunity to watch a hockey game live in the stadium!

All volunteers gather at 7pm in Anaheim Stadium, where the event took place. It was raining on the event day, so the sky was very cloudy and gloomy in the early morning.

All volunteers gather at 7am in Anaheim Stadium, where the event took place. It was raining on the event day, so the sky was very cloudy and gloomy in the early morning.

Volunteers listening to location instructions before taking over their duties

Volunteers listening to instructions before taking over their duties.

Volunteers discussing how to conduct games to students

Volunteers discussing how to conduct games with the students.

Kids coming and eager to join. I remember a group of Islamic students had to return all the fish-shape candies as awards after playing the game at my booth; I still do not understand the reason why.)

Kids coming and eager to join. I remember a group of Islamic students had to return all the fish-shaped candies they got as prizes for playing the game at my booth; I still do not understand the reason why.

Volunteers and students excitedly watching the hockey game

Volunteers and students excitedly watching the hockey game

At the hockey stadium for the game!

Volunteers and students excitedly watching the hockey game

Volunteers and students excitedly watching the hockey game.