UW Health Sports Medicine 

Badgers building bonds with seniors at Capitol Lakes

Nov. 7, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- When it comes to giving back to the Madison area community, few groups do more than the Wisconsin women's hockey team.

The Badgers are consistently at the top of the list when it comes to volunteer appearances and number of hours volunteered among UW athletic teams.

Among the various events that they participate in, one stands out as a team favorite: weekly visits to the Capitol Lakes Senior Center. Every Tuesday, members of the team spend an hour visiting with the residents, learning their histories and playing games of UNO.

"Visiting the senior home has become a weekly ritual that we look forward and thoroughly enjoy," junior forward Brittany Ammerman said. "Visiting on a weekly basis has allowed us to develop a sense of family between us and some of the women."

The residents and staff at Capitol Lakes appreciate the atmosphere the student-athletes help provide every week.

"The hockey players bring a wonderful energy and a night sure to be full of laughter," said Lydia Mulvihill, a staff member at Capitol Lakes. "We are so happy to have them join our community on Tuesday nights."

The weekly visits have been a great way for the Badgers to interact with the community and give back, and they're something the student-athletes enjoy just as much as the residents.

"We are able to bring smiles to the women's faces, and also a sense of youth," Ammerman said. "The visits not only make them smile, but they make us smile, too."

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