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BC Volunteer Organizations Strive for Top High School Recruits on National Signing Day

BC Volunteer Organizations Strive for Top High School Recruits on National Signing Day

ServiceSports February 4, 2015 The New England Classic

With National Signing Day season upon high school athletes everywhere, much of the usual will be going on in the so-called “War Rooms” of... BC Volunteer Organizations Strive for Top High School Recruits on National Signing Day

With National Signing Day season upon high school athletes everywhere, much of the usual will be going on in the so-called “War Rooms” of the Boston College Athletic Department: BC Football will be looking for someone who can make an extra point, BC hockey will be looking for some offensive help (Come back Johnny, we miss you), and BC basketball will be looking for literally anyone over 6’3” to join the team.

However, the athletic teams are not the only ones looking to get top recruit talent from high schools across the country: 4Boston, Appalachia Volunteer Corps, and Arrupe will all be looking for top talent to take their volunteering organizations to the next level on the national scale.  One prospect they are all sure to look at is West Newton Senior, Hannah Simms, who is rated as a five-star prospect by nearly all of the volunteer organizations across the country.

“In her junior year not only did she bring clean water to a poor African village and get an adorable profile picture out of the one-week trip, but she kept her local animal shelter from closing down,” stated 4Boston recruiting director Emily Slade during a weekly meeting  (an audible “Day-um” could be heard from the rest of the club). Slade went on to say, “We are doing everything in our power to get her to commit to us, even promising her the best placement! She can choose her own hours, and we’ll even throw in a free T-shirt so she can wear it around campus to brag to people that she does service a whole four hours at a time!”

The recruiting process is normally fairly competitive, but this year it is so fierce that clubs are willing to bend or even break the rules to get top prospects. Just last month, Arrupe was fined five scholarships after promising one our their recruits some of the money they raised from students’ meal plan money. This illegal recruiting process is known as Pay to Volunteer.

With all of these D1 volunteers committing to these clubs, regular students are getting shut out and now only make up eight percent of volunteer clubs on campus:

“I didn’t think volunteering was going to be this hard, I have been denied my every group I have applied to! All I want to do is go and help some poor kid learn how to read, but then these fake-as-fuck girls from Connecticut put on their stupid little smiles and hand over their embellished high school resumés and get recruited to serve! Connecticut sucks!” stated freshman Robbie Jackson.

At press time, Jackson was currently looking for a volunteer club to maybe walk on to this summer, but his situation looks hopeless.

“I guess I’ll just join Club Club Lacrosse,” said Jackson with a sigh.