We are always encouraging alumni to give back to The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Deep Creek Middle School in any way that they can. Fall 2011 alum and avid lacrosse player, Eliott Wellenbach, found a unique way to give back that combined his love for Eleuthera with his love for the sport of lacrosse.

As soon as he returned from his semester in December 2011, he contacted us about holding a lacrosse camp at Deep Creek Middle School for kids in the nearby Bahamian settlements and immediately started collecting old lacrosse sticks and other lacrosse equipment donated from friends and family. He began creating practice plans and designing drills for these campers–most of whom had never even heard of lacrosse or seen a lacrosse stick.

In August, Eliott, his older sister Lilly, and his mother Pat headed down to Eleuthera with their donated equipment to hold the week-long co-ed lacrosse camp. They had a great turn out of 23 campers ranging in age from 6 to 14. It was a great success and Eliott hopes to return next summer and hold the camp again, this time with even more volunteers from his hometown. You can read more about Eliott’s experience here. Great work Eliott! This is exactly the type of work we love to see our alumni doing when they leave The Island School.