Greenway Athletes Take Action

Greenway athletes participated in Days of Action projects including staining the warming shack in Longyear Park.

United Way of 1000 Lakes hosted another day of volunteering for their summer 2020 Days of Action initiative on Thursday, July 30th. Coleraine residents joined student-athletes from Greenway’s fastpitch, hockey, and football teams to spend a day improving their community.

Northwoods Window Cleaning owner and Coleraine resident Matt Huebscher volunteered to do landscaping projects for a homeowner.

Volunteers continued brightening the parking lines and crosswalks along Roosevelt Avenue, Coleraine’s main street, and helped out with a newly-designed storefront on Mackley Auto Repair, improving the building’s facade. Northwoods Window Cleaning volunteered to help residents with exterior cleaning and landscaping. The project that likely felt the most personal for the athletes was helping to refurbish the city’s ice rink and warming shack in Longyear Park. Athletes as young as 8 joined teammates, parents, and coaches to put a fresh coat of paint on the ice rink and re-stain the warming shack, readying the park for a winter of recreation. 

The student-athletes were enthusiastic about spending a day working to improve the place where they live, go to school, and play sports. “It’s nice to give back to the community,” said hockey player Aidan Rajala. “The community gives so much to us through sponsorships and coming to games.” 

Athletes from Greenway’s fastpitch team helped with downtown revitalization projects, including a storefront redesign, as part of United Way’s Days of Action initiative. Photo by Jordan Weis.

Days of Action projects take place primarily outdoors, with small groups of volunteers practicing social distancing. Volunteers are screened and required to use protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Future Days of Action will take place on August 13th, August 27th, and September 3rd. Upcoming projects include installing a privacy fence for a daycare, staining Longyear Park’s pavilion, and cleaning windows for older residents. Both skilled and amateur volunteers are welcome. Individuals and groups can request a specific date or range of dates by calling 218-999-7570. Those interested in volunteering can browse projects and register at