Hounds' Schiller Raises $17K for Operation Smile

Schiller's hope is to split everyone that donated to the cause into teams, with each team receiving a child that they can follow through the process. "I am hoping to have these children send a personal photo or video, both before and after, with a little message or something to each team member so they can see the impact they're having" he said. However, due to legal and privacy concerns, Schiller may not be able to focus on individual children, but does plan to document as much of his trip as possible. Additionally, Hounds equipment manager Jim Galloway and his company BrandRPM have graciously agreed to donate t-shirts for not only those who contributed to the fundraising but to all the kids going through surgery and their families as well.

The final aspect of Schiller's outreach involves lacrosse. Southern Select had more than 250 sticks donated and he is going to try and get as many as possible down to the country where he will be serving. Shipping and logistics are a concern at this point, but Schiller said his "goal is to give as many sticks out to these kids as possible." He added, "You grow the game however you can, but more importantly it's about teaching them something new, teaching them a new sport."

Schiller has a host of ideas for his trip, and is excited to work with Operation Smile on finalizing the details. It has been a long journey to get to this point, and Schiller couldn't be more excited or proud to be a part of changing the lives for the better of so many kids. "People who have children or have children impact their lives realize how lucky we are to have healthy children, because there are so many people who aren't as fortunate," he said. "This is just a way to be thankful for what we have."

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