From Patch Reports
ninth-grader Moriah Wilson will travel to the London Olympics this summer as one of four winners of the "Choose to Matter” contest, a national leadership and community service competition sponsored by the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy.
The award recognizes Wilson’s "Lil’ Hearts of Love" project, which provides pillows for patients in children’s hospitals, according to a school news release. Wilson started the service project with her sister.
“We’ve always liked doing community service,” she said in a statement. “We decided to make heart-shaped pillows with handles and book pockets. We write notes of encouragement — things like, “You’re beautiful” — and put them in the pockets.”
As a contest winner, Wilson will travel to the Olympics as a youth ambassador for the McDonald’s Champions of Play program.
“Service is important because you never know how people will feel when they’re going through things,” Wilson said. “It’s nice to be able to help people, often in ways you never realize.”
Wilson also is involved with Girl Talk, a mentoring program for middle school girls. She serves as a counselor at one of the organization’s summer camps and is a member of its Teen Advisory Board. She volunteers with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and plays on the Pace golf team.
Learn more about Wilson’s Lil’ Hearts of Love project here: http://contest.juliefoudyleadership.com/node/84.