By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/17/12
The Neumann University men’s lacrosse team collected more than 150 toys and delivered them Saturday to young boys and girls at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“Giving is getting,” said senior co-captain midfielder Mark Consolo, a Spring-Ford graduate. “Everyone knows what I’m talking about when I say that.
“The true meaning of Christmas is being displayed here and we, as a team, just love giving back to the community. We’er a family and we act like a family, taking care of each other. So this is our way of displaying that.”
All 38 members of the Knights’ team participated in the gift collection. First-year coach Cory Malampy told the team the bonding effect of giving back will only help the squad on and off the field.
“Our hopes and expectations are that these kids have one of their best Christmas (time) ever,” Consolo said “God bless!”
Junior co-captain midfielder Evan Zielinski, also a Spring-Ford grad, agreed.
“The beauty of seeing a kid smile is the most powerful thing in the world,” he said. “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and I believe that our lacrosse family will impact many families in a positive manner this holiday season.
“The biggest smile can make the biggest difference and that is what is most important. While battling and fighting, these kids don’t smile often, but when they do it’s the biggest gift to their families.
“I am glad that that we can bring gifts and bring smiles to their faces during their stay at CHOP.”