Exceptional sportsmanship, concern

As a parent and grandparent I have tried to live by the motto "Praise in public, correct in private." I choose this very public format to praise some exceptional young women in our Walnut Creek community.

A couple of weeks ago, my granddaughter was playing in the Foothill Middle School Intramural volleyball league.

During a game against the Thunderwolves from Walnut Creek Intermediate School (crosstown rivals?), an opposing player made a great serve, which unfortunately hit my granddaughter in the face and broke her glasses.

She was not hurt and continued to play the rest of the game.

Afterward I was touched by how many players and parents from both teams stopped to ask if she was OK.

Then last week, my granddaughter played against this same team in a jamboree tournament; at the conclusion, all members of the Thunderwolves gathered around me and presented me with an envelope filled with cash to cover the expense of my granddaughter's new glasses!

Amid all the negative stories of teen bullying, here is an example of young women showing exceptional sportsmanship and concern for others.

Congratulations to them and their parents and coaches; job well done.

Julie Shafer

Walnut Creek

Working to help an aging population

Pamela Yip's Oct. 20 article in the Times "Nations are ill- prepared for an aging population" quotes data compiled by the United Nations Population Fund, which ranked how well countries provide for their elders.

The U.S. ranked eighth. The U.S. needs do more to support seniors in their golden years, especially with transportation services.

"Good transportation is the lifeblood of seniors because it enables them to get to their doctors and remain socially active," the story states.

We at the Caring Hands Volunteer Caregivers program could not agree more, and we are doing something about it. Caring Hands, administered by John Muir Health, is a collaboration among several community organizations. Volunteers are trained and matched with seniors who need help.

Volunteers spend a few hours each week providing transportation to essential appointments. Friendships are made, relationships are formed.

As the population ages, our list of seniors will grow. If you can help someone in your community to remain independent and in their own home, contact Caring Hands at 925-952-2999 or online at Johnmuirhealth.com

Bernice Russ

Volunteer coordinator, Caring Hands

Walnut Creek