Williamsburg - With the start of basketball season less than a month away, the William and Mary men's basketball team reached out in the community by visiting the St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Tribe players and coaches took turns shooting at an enlarged hoop with children from the home and met with a number of children at the facility during its time in Norfolk.
St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children is Virginia's largest long-term pediatric residential care facility dedicated exclusively to children with severe physical and intellectual disabilities and is one of only about 100 facilities of its kind nationwide. The staff at St. Mary's provides medical, therapeutic, educational and recreational services for as many as 92 children and young adults, ages newborn to 21 years. For more information on the St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children, visit www.saintmaryshome.org.
Bill Giermak, who played for the Tribe men's basketball program and graduated from the College, is the Chief Executive Officer of the St. Mary's Home, and Wayne Jones, who also graduated from W&M, is the Chief Financial Officer. Giermak, who has been at St. Mary's since October of 2004, and Jones welcomed the Tribe to the home and later gave the team a tour of the facility along with the team's other activities. In February 2005, St. Mary's moved to a new 88,000 square foot building in suburban Norfolk that was designed especially for the needs of its children, staff and children's family members.
The Tribe open practice on Friday, Oct. 15, before hitting the road for its season opener at the University of Virginia on Nov. 12. The Green and Gold returns a pair of starters and eight letterwinners from a memorable 2010 campaign in which the College finished 22-11 on the way to earning the program's second-ever bid to the National Invitational Tournament.