Long Island City, NY—November 20, 2013—The LaGuardia Community College’s women’s basketball team will trade in their basketballs for aprons and serving utensils when they volunteer to feed the homeless at a Manhattan shelter on Thanksgiving day.
On the day when American families gather around the dining room table and give thanks, the 13 members of the Red Hawks will help to prepare and cook the food, set the tables and serve breakfast to the homeless adults and children who come to the Catholic Worker House on Second Avenue and First Street for a hot meal.
The team’s coach, Anthony Alfaro, believes that this charitable act of giving will not only raise the social awareness, but it will provide an important lesson to these young African American and Hispanic athletes who face their own financial and personal challenges.
“Many of the students have experienced difficult times, but when they visit the homeless shelter and speak to people who have lost their homes they will realize that there are people who are less fortunate,” said Mr. Alfaro. “It provides them with a different perspective.”
“I am looking forward to feeding the homeless,” said Shyianne Okman, a liberal arts major, “because a lot of us know what it is like to face hardship.”
“We cannot forget that there are people who are less fortunate than we are,” said Neikyla Reid, the team manager and biology major, who added that this will be the first time she ever volunteered. “It is a way that the team can give back to the community.”
And after serving breakfast, she said she will be spending Thanksgiving with her family.
“They will be so proud that I volunteered,” said a smiling Neikyla.
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LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.