PRIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY

During the fall semester, Hofstra student-athletes were out in full force, able and willing to volunteer in and around the Hofstra University community. During a semester that saw Long Island affected by one of the worst storms in history, Pride athletes answered the call to serve their neighbors. Students made trips to towns all over Long Island, willing to assist with anything they could do. From cleaning out and repairing homes, to organizing clothing and food drives, students worked tirelessly to help those in need.

Along with all hurricane relief projects, Hofstra student-athletes worked on 23 individual and 38 combined community service projects during the fall semester. From hosting cancer awareness games and tournaments, volunteering at soup kitchens and hosting clinics for local organizations, Hofstra student-athletes totaled 1,159 hours of service
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"Seeing the difference that I can make in someone’s life makes me truly grateful for every opportunity I have been given," commented women's lacrosse student-athlete Alex Mezzanotte. "Doing community service is important because it makes us realize how blessed we are and that we can make a difference in this world."

Below are a small sample of the many projects that our student-athletes worked on this fall:

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Student-athletes organized more than 10 events to aide Long Island families suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The men’s lacrosse team made four trips to towns on the south shore to assist community members in getting their homes back in order. Pride softball team members made special trips to Long Beach and helped one of their own, whose home was severely impacted by the storm. They also helped neighbors in clean-up efforts, and combined with the U.S. Armed Forces in organizing and distributing donated goods to families in need.

The women’s lacrosse program, led by senior Taylor Albright, ran a clothing and supply drive. All collected items were donated to Long Island families who had lost so much during the storm. Student-athletes from men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, women’s cross country and field hockey volunteered with a Hofstra University clothing drive, as well as with the Island Harvest Food Bank. The women’s basketball team made special trips to the Interfaith Nutrition Network and assisted in serving meals, as well as organizing clothing and supply items.

On November 18 more than 100 student-athletes met at James M. Shuart Stadium, with a message to all Long Islanders to remain strong during the difficult times so many were experiencing. The students brought down canned food items, which were all donated to Island Harvest. They gathered at mid-field and held up large letters, spelling out, “Stay Strong Long Island”. All students not holding a letter were flexing their muscles in support of the message. Photographs were taken and through the help of Island Harvest, shared with Long Island families along with the donated food items.

Massapequa Soccer Clinic
The Hofstra’s women’s soccer team hosted a clinic for members of the Massapequa Soccer Club. Players were invited to a scrimmage where the Pride took on Fairleigh Dickinson. After the match, children were taken through various games and activities instructing them on soccer skills, as well as stressing teamwork and sportsmanship. 

North Shore LIJ 5k Fun Run
Student-athletes from volleyball, wrestling men’s basketball and softball assisted at the first annual event held on campus. Volunteers helped pass out water at designated areas, as well as cheered on participants who took part in the race in order to raise funds for the North Shore LIJ systems.

Surfer’s Healing
Student-athletes from the Pride’s women’s lacrosse program volunteered in Lido Beach on September 13. There they assisted workers from Surfer’s Healing, which is an organization that teaches children with autism how to surf, along with other activities. Student-athletes assisted with serving good as well as interacting with the children.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
On October 21, student-athletes representing the men’s and women’s tennis programs took part in the Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, held at Jones Beach State Park. Participants walked the 5k route which raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

Field Hockey Breast Cancer Awareness Game
While taking on Monmouth University on October 26, the entire team wore pink socks and headbands to show their support for women battling breast cancer. 

Fourth Annual Nick Colleluori Women’s Lacrosse Classic
On September 30, the Hofstra women’s lacrosse program hosted this annual tournament which raises funds for the HeadStrong Foundation. College teams came to campus for a full day of games. Student-athletes from our wrestling and women’s basketball teams volunteered throughout the day to help make the event a success.

Blood Drive
After being postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, Hofstra University held its annual blood drive on November 7. More than 50 student-athletes volunteered throughout the day, some donating blood while others assisting with various responsibilities. This year’s drive saw the largest number of donors in school history, with more than 350 pints collected. 

Shake-A-Rake
Pride student-athletes took part in the annual Shake-A-Rake event. Students from women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball hit the streets of Hempstead and Uniondale, where they raked leaves for elderly and disabled community members. Collectively, 17 homes were cleared of leaves thanks to the work of our student-athletes.

The Interfaith Nutrition Network
Women’s basketball has made several trips to the INN this fall semester. They have assisted in serving meals, sorting donated items and interacting with children who frequent the shelter. During the Thanksgiving season, team members fundraised $1,000 to sponsor a meal for guests.

Holiday Magic of Long Island
The Hofstra men’s and women's lacrosse programs volunteered this December with Holiday Magic of Long Island. Team members wrapped gifts, as well as helped distribute presents to less fortunate children living on Long Island.