Capturing The Flag, Capturing Fun

Young Professionals, Kids, Connect In Back To School Bash

Sara Radcliffe is an attorney normally engaged in real estate law, creditors' rights or bankruptcy filings, not to mention estate planning. But for one night in mid-August she became a face painter at a back to school bash at Homeport’s Georges Creek apartment community.

“I never get to hang out with kids anymore,” Radcliffe said, between dabs of paint on Larry Hubbard, 3. “I work in the corporate world. Coming back here, it makes me feel like a kid again.”

Radcliffe, an associate with Kegler Brown + Ritter, was one of several members of the Homeport’s Young Professionals group who traveled for a second year to the apartment community off Gender Road in Canal Winchester.

Dr. Josh Grosshandler dishes up pizza

Dr. Josh Grosshandler dishes up pizza

Approximately 45 Georges Creek children raced frantically in potato sacks, dodged each other in “Capture the Flag,” flung Frisbees, played the blindfold game Pin the Nose on the Clown and had their faces painted. They also ate pizza, breadsticks and salad served up by the YPs.

The YPs arrived in sunshine and stayed till dusk behind the Georges Creek community center at the edge of a farm field. The bash concluded with the distribution of backpacks with school supplies corralled and stuffed courtesy Homeport’s Volunteer Engagement program.

“It’s about connecting with the community and kids on a one-on-one level,” said Elaine Shroyer, a project manager with the Red Architecture Planning Design, who oversaw Pin the Clown activities. “It helps remind us what Homeport is doing, getting back to the big picture.”

Fifth grader Jolayajah Banks, 10, was glad the YPs and the program arrived. “I think it’s fun. Everything is fun.”

For parent Eileen Tisdale, the interaction of the Homeport community children with Homeport Young Professionals was all about tone – getting the children, including her third grader Xavia, ready to learn again.

“It helps a lot because the kids have to have a good attitude to go back to school,” Tisdale said. “It’s a good ending to the summer programs they have out here. It’s like a graduation diploma.”

 (To participate or learn more about the Homeport Young Professionals, contact Tonya Young at 614 545-4884 or tonya.young@homeportohio.org.)