With the novel coronavirus pandemic affecting people in their community, siblings Rachel and Hannah Allen, the Palos Verdes High softball players decided to take matters into their own hands.
"We saw it as a great opportunity to help out a high-risk group and do our part," Rachel, a junior, said. "It takes stress off their shoulders. It's about having the support of your community, and letting them know we're willing to help out in a time of need."
Hannah, a sophomore, said the family went door to door in their Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhood. She noted they've already helped five elderly couples in their area as of Thursday, April 2.
"We thought it was super important to help the elderly, and it's easier for us to shop for them because there's only certain times in the morning for them to shop," Hannah said. "We passed out our information to put our name out there to help."
Rachel and Hannah were two huge parts of the early success of the PV softball team, which was off to a 6-4 start that saw the Sea Kings defeat both Banning and San Pedro in the span of a week.
"We were playing well, and playing some really good teams," Rachel said. "We got to shop our growth in the games we did get to play, and we're just bummed it had to end (how it did)."
It really hit home, for Rachel, when she heard Wimbledon was canceled.
"I was shocked at how fast everything was happening. First the NBA was postponed, then school," Rachel said."I was hoping it would get better, but it really sunk in about how serious (COVID-19) is with more things getting postponed. With Wimbledon canceled, it's getting too real."
In her second year on varsity, Hannah was looking forward to another Bay League championship and a deeper run in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
"We had a good season so far, and we can't finish it," Hannah said. "We wanted to get another league championship, and we feel super sad for the seniors. It's definitely hard on them."
While parks and softball fields all over the area have closed for the foreseeable future in an effort to promote social distancing, the sisters have made use of the available avenues to practice with each other and push each other.
"It's easy for us to play catch almost every day," Hannah said. "We're getting workouts from our gym on Instagram, and we do them at home, as well as going on runs."
Rachel, who recently underwent an operation to clean up a meniscus tear in her left knee, said she's lucky to have a sibling so close in age.
"We're always playing catch or hitting off a tee," Rachel said. "I'm glad I have someone else, and we're working at the same thing, even in these unsure times. We're making the most of what we have available."
While the 2020 season was canceled by the CIF State organization April 3, both sisters are intent on working toward what will be their respective senior and junior seasons.
"It's going to be about coming out strong. In the beginning of the year, we were doing a lot of conditioning, and we need to keep that going from day one," Rachel said. "It's about setting goals and looking back at our success. We have a really great chemistry and it helps on and off the field. We need to keep the same work ethic and look at how we competed."
While Rachel has already committed to Notre Dame, she's helping Hannah compile videos on You Tube to help get her sister recruited.
"We're letting coaches know we're putting in the work, and getting a few videos of us working together," Rachel said.