SXU Men's Soccer spent over three hours sorting medical supplies for Mission Outreach
SXU Men's Soccer spent over three hours sorting medical supplies for Mission Outreach
Men's Soccer - Thu, Apr. 21, 2011

CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University men's soccer team recently volunteered its service to help out at Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a humanitarian effort that works with health-care organizations to recover and responsibly re-distribute medical equipment and supplies to people in need around the world. Organized in 2002, Mission Outreach currently works with 45 hospitals and 18 multi-specialty clinics throughout Illinois and Wisconsin to distribute more than $6 million in surplus medical equipment and supplies each year. SXU freshman goalkeeper Jordan Hamrick (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Jefferson) presented head men's soccer coach Ed Vucinic with the idea of organizing a team service outing after volunteering there earlier in the year.

Mission Outreach helps meet unmet medical needs of people in developing countries by recovering hundreds of thousands of pounds of equipment and supplies deemed surplus by U.S.-based healthcare providers. The surplus is then sorted, cleaned, repaired, inventoried, and published in an online catalog where needy hospitals and clinics can "shop" for what they need. Members of the Cougar men's soccer team met at a warehouse in southwest Chicago and the group spent nearly four hours sorting various medical supplies and preparing them for shipment. Following the experience, the team learned that it had sorted over 1,700 pounds of medical equipment.

"This was a perfect project for us to do as a team," said senior forward Matt Klancic. "There was a lot to be done and it was easy and fun to do together. Plus, it was nice to lend a hand to such as worthwhile organization."

Ten members of the team volunteered for the outing for Mission Outreach. This group included: Hamrick, Klancic, senior midfielder Ben Johnson (Woodridge, Ill./Western Illinois University/Naperville North), senior defender Arturo Macias (Posen, Ill./Bremen), junior midfielder Adrian Guzman (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle), junior midfielder David Oropeza (Chicago, Ill./University of St. Francis/St. Laurence), junior midfielder Al Palar (Zabrze, Poland/Plainfield Central), sophomore defender Mike Kipta (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) and freshman goalkeeper Kyle Held (Palatine, Ill./Palatine). Vucinic also accompanied the team to the warehouse and helped with sorting the equipment.

"My belief is we're put on Earth to serve other people," said Vucinic. "It is important that everyone realizes how blessed they are and the opportunities that they have been given. One way of acknowledging that is to help out those that are not blessed with the same opportunities."