Hoffman Estates High School Wrestlers, Cheerleaders Volunteer for Valentine’s Day

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HEHS' wrestlers and cheerleaders volunteer at Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Health Center in Hoffman Estates.

HEHS’ wrestlers and cheerleaders volunteer at Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Health Center in Hoffman Estates.

While many celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate and flowers, the wrestlers and cheerleaders from Hoffman Estates High School had something else in mind for the holiday.

For the past three years, HEHS’ wrestlers and cheerleaders have shared their Valentine’s Day with the residents of Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Health Center in Hoffman Estates. These athletes have dedicated their time to transform the traditionally romantic holiday into a day to serve their community and give back to those who need it most.

“I could not be more proud of my wrestlers and the cheerleaders” said Tony Ganas, HEHS head wrestling coach and dean of students. “We have some great student-athletes in our program and I feel that participating in community service is a fantastic way to reflect the whole-student philosophy we have at HEHS.”

HEHS wrestling team volunteers on Valentine's Day.

HEHS wrestling team volunteers on Valentine’s Day.

While at Alden Poplar Creek, both teams passed out valentines handmade by local elementary school students, the wrestlers serenaded the residents with their version of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and the cheerleaders entertained with sideline chants and tumbling.

In addition, the teams assisted in the ceremony of crowning the king and queen of Valentine’s Day, who were residents at the Houston rehabilitation center. After, the athletes passed out treats and visited with each of the residents.

The HEHS cheerleaders show school spirit while volunteering on Valentine's Day.

The HEHS cheerleaders show school spirit while volunteering on Valentine’s Day.

“As a program, we strive to carry out the mission of Hoffman Estates Athletics in developing exceptional and well-rounded student-athletes who display dedication and perseverance” said Brittany London, head cheerleading coach and special education teacher at HEHS. “The Varsity Cheerleaders have dedicated themselves to maintaining those standards both on and off the mat. For the second year in a row this emerging program has secured another state qualification while maintaining their commitment to community service. I could not be more proud of their accomplishments.”