EHS senior donates $ 500 to Glen-Ed Pantry

EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville High School senior Sydnee Campbell already has a long list of accomplishments, but added another in September when she became the first Charity Champion.

The Charitable Champion is a partnership between Front Office Wealth Strategies and Metro East Sports Podcast.

The program gives Madison County school districts the opportunity to showcase their outstanding student-athletes.

Once a month, the Front Office Fiduciary Network will recognize a “Charitable Champion,” a local student-athlete who embodies the qualities of academic and athletic excellence, leadership, compassion and teamwork. Once selected, the “Charitable Champion” will be invited to join the Metro East Sports podcast for an interview in honor of this prestigious recognition.

The nominated athlete will also be asked to choose a local charity to receive a donation of $ 500 on their behalf.

As the first Charitable Champion, Campbell chose the Glen-Ed Pantry to receive a donation of $ 500 in her honor on behalf of the Front Office Fiduciary Network. She was also featured on the Metro East Sports podcast in October.

Campbell played field hockey for Edwardsville and is a member of the women’s track and field team.

She is also senior class chair at EHS and performs for the Edwardsville High School Orchestra.

“I am very honored to be the first pick,” said Campbell. “I’m grateful not only to be recognized, but to have been nominated in the first place.

“My field hockey coach (Jaimee Henderson) and my teacher (Dave Lipe) believed I represented what this award was trying to highlight. I am happy that this award can also help the Glen-Ed Food Pantry.

In the announcement of the Charitable Champion Award for Campbell, she is described as a teammate, leader and community activist, ”and she is particularly proud of her role in helping the community.

“Every year my parents and I do Meals on Wheels and other charities because we realize that we are blessed and extremely privileged and that other people are not in the same situation as us,” said Campbell.

“Also, this year I took a bigger part in the ‘Stick Up for Hunger’ game (the EHS field hockey team’s annual fundraiser for Glen-Ed Pantry) because I was there. one of the team captains. “

For Campbell, choosing Glen-Ed Pantry as the recipient of the $ 500 check was an easy choice.

“The field hockey team has supported Glen-Ed Pantry for years now and throughout COVID they have been able to feed every family that has come,” Campbell said. “We must continue to support them during this time. “

For Jane Ahasay, Director of Development at Glen-Ed Pantry, Campbell’s gift was an unexpected gift just in time for the holidays.

“The field hockey team donated 395 pounds of food this year via ‘Stick Up for Hunger’ and around the same time I also received the check from (Front Office owner) Chad Opel “said Ahasay. “I was surprised when this check came in because I didn’t know the story behind it.

“I am very happy that such a young person is so generous and caring and supports their community. Thinking that they are what giving gives me a sense of hope for the future.

Ahasay said Campbell’s donation will likely go to the Pantry Christmas Baskets, which will be handed out on December 20.

“Our Christmas baskets come with ham, potatoes, bread, butter, vegetables, salad and dessert, so it’s a complete meal,” Ahasay said. “We try to make it healthy but also delicious.”

Campbell, meanwhile, has yet to choose a college, but is considering the University of Colorado-Boulder and several other schools.

She plans to specialize in international relations with a minor in real estate marketing.

“I want to work in international aid or foreign aid, and the first thing that comes to mind is an organization like the American Red Cross,” Campbell said.

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