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Mount Mercy Student-Athletes Show Their Love for the Military

by cnewman

Written by Matt Ondesko, MetroSource

When Mount Mercy Academy Coach John Glose and I came up with this idea a few months ago, on a long bus ride back from Rochester Mercy, we didn't know what to expect.

Would Mount Mercy get on board? Would the community get behind us?

Those were questions that needed answers.

This past Wednesday, the South Buffalo community, Mount Mercy Academy and Buffalo Seminary weren't just on board, they went above and beyond.

The first Mercy's Heroes basketball game, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project, was a great success.

The success and accolades must go to those who deserve them most - the players, the community and the coaches.

When Glose brought the idea to his parents they immediately jumped on board. They asked him what they needed to do to help. The parents are what drive the ship, and the Mount Mercy parents came up big time.

So did the Buffalo Seminary parents.

Buff Sem came out in special camouflage warm-ups for the night. They were honored that their children and school were asked to be a part of this event.

The community also got involved in a big way. The final numbers aren't complete, but as of press time, the game raised more than $1,300. That couldn't be done without the support of the South Buffalo and Buffalo Seminary community. Even with the weather being somewhat cold, and if you live in the Southtowns snowy, the community packed the house at Mount Mercy Academy.

They all came for one reason, to support the young women from both schools who wanted to be a part of this night in the worse way.

And that leaves us to the students athletes.

What can you say about these young women from Mount Mercy and Buffalo Seminary?

They knew the game was a league game, but they also knew this game was something bigger.

The young women who put on those jerseys knew the attention around this game was going to be big. It was going to be a bigger crowd then normal - and something that they might have never seen before.

All the pageantry that went with this game - from the Color Guard from Maritime Charter School, to the rifle presentation by the same school, had that big game feel.

Mount Mercy went on to win the game, and they improved to 9-6 and 3-4 overall. But, both schools won on this night.

Both showed tremendous class out on the floor.

They both showed why things are going to be right in this world.

With young women like the ones at Mount Mercy and Buffalo Seminary, everything will be ok for years to come.

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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