February 28, 2013 | Queensborough Community College
The QCC Men’s Baseball Team traded uniforms for white coveralls and face masks as they headed to the Rockaways to help continue relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
Thirty students—along with Coach Roger Mischel and Assistant Coach Joe Mikoleski— divided into groups and visited five damaged homes in the area for mold removal and demolition. The work spanned two full days on February 13 and 16.
“This was my first time as a volunteer,” said Coach Mischel, who was initially contacted by the New Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund. “It was a powerful, eye-opening experience to meet the people who went through the disaster and to hear their stories.”
Baseball pitcher Tevin Mckenzie, a Visual Arts major who will graduate in June 2013, added, “It was shocking to see all the rotted wood and dirt everywhere but the work itself was satisfying, knowing that I made an impact.”
Coach Mischel says he’s been contacted by other relief agencies and that he and the team will be “pitching in” again soon.
Spring training is well underway and Tevin—known for his curve ball—will be traveling with the rest of the team for the first game of the season against Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, on March 2.
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