-- Courtesy of Whittier Sports Information --
WHITTIER, Calif. - While current junior Lyla Matar (Glendale, Calif.) may be a new face in goal for the Poets this season; she is very familiar with dealing with new experiences.
Over the summer, Matar spent three weeks in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon aiding Syrian Refugees. Lyla has shown her passion for working with these refugees, as this was her second visit to the Beqaa Valley working on a mobile education unit called the Salamat Bus Project. The purpose of this project is to travel to different refugee settlements and teach basic literacy, English and music. In addition, Matar worked with a sports program where she taught zumba, dance and soccer to young children and adults.
The experience has given Matar a new outlook on life, as she feels the experience was life changing in many ways. When discussing the adversity these refugees face and the generosity they continue to show, Matar stated "The connection I have made with these people has changed my life and I aspire to be more like them.". Lyla is planning on continuing her refugee work in the near future, but for now we are happy to have a Poet who has shown such generosity and kindness to those less fortunate.
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