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St. Joseph’s University men’s lacrosse team volunteers in NJ to help Hurricane victims

Monday, 12th November 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Community service, Posted 11/12/12
From Press Release

Ten members of the St. Joseph’s University men’s lacrosse team made a big difference this past weekend in the Manahawkin, N.J. area near Long Beach Island as they volunteered their time to assist families that are trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

St. Joseph’s volunteers: Standing in back back, from L-R – Guy Talarico, Dan O’Malley; Standing in middle, L-R – Kevin Miller, John Moran, Chris Moffa, Brian Urban, Kyle Mahoney; Kneeling, L-R – Matthew Sarcona, Sam Kotler, Chase Elliott. Also helping was Mr. John Moran (at right, standing)

The trip was organized and coordinated by senior Kyle Mahoney, whose family’s primary residence is in nearby Mantoloking, and included the efforts of fellow senior Chris Moffa, juniors John Moran and Brian Urban, sophomores Matthew Sarcona and Guy Talarico and freshmen Chase Elliott, Sam Kotler, Kevin Miller, and Dan O’Malley.

The Hawks arrived in Manahawkin around 9:45 a.m. and checked in at the community center where they waited to be assigned families that had requested assistance. After being prepared with the appropriate tools, safety masks, gloves, and emergency kits, the members of the squad were sent to David Drive, on the bayside of Long Beach Island, where they cut and removed wet drywall and insulation, lifted heavy furniture, appliances, and boxes, and were needed for demolition and additional general labor.

The players entered two vacated houses that had been flooded with over three feet of water en route to coming across a house owned by an elderly couple. Although the man and woman were being helped by two of their sons, they were still struggling with the enormity of the situation. That’s when the Hawks stepped in.

“The couple was in disbelief that there was a group offering help with no strings attached on their little street that was 10 minutes from the ravaged beach towns of Long Beach Island,” said Moran’s father, J. Moran. “Half of our crew jumped in and helped them pull up all of their carpets and padding, remove and throw out all of the furniture – couches, chairs, bedroom furniture, mattresses – clothes, appliances and possessions that they have had for 40 years.

“It was obviously tough for them to be going through this trauma but they continually had a smile or laugh as we worked with them . . . You would be extremely proud of the boys and how they worked without question and until there was nothing else to do for them.”

Saint Joseph’s lacrosse team members also worked on a house that, after also being ravaged by over three feet of water, had to be completely stripped down to the bare studs. Again, the Hawks stepped in, using sledge hammers, crow bars, and brute strength to knock down walls, rip out the kitchen and bathroom, and tear up the floors. The players worked hard to carry all demolished remains out to the curb.

A crucial element in regards to the houses with which the Hawks worked was the threat of mold infestation. If not taken care of, these houses could be uninhabitable and potentially destroyed. By pulling up carpeting and removing furniture, the Hawks helped these people keep their homes.

“We left our new friends on David Street around 3:30 p.m. with a resounding feeling of accomplishment in the face of such a devastating disaster,” said J. Moran. “We left wanting to do more. Please know that the boys truly represented SJU and the SJU Lacrosse Team with the utmost pride and respect.

“This was truly a volunteer effort on a Saturday morning, not mandatory, and yet their energy and enthusiasm was most likely equal to one of their grueling practices or early morning runs! Their actions defined the core values that SJU teaches each and every day . . . It was an experience that I am sure will resonate with each of them for the remainder of their lives.”



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