During a semester that saw Long Island affected by one of the worst storms in history, Hofstra athletes answered the call to serve their neighbors. Students made trips to towns all over Long Island, cleaning out and repairing homes, organizing clothing and food drives and working 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 for a total of 1,159 hours of service.
“Seeing the difference that I can make in someone’s life makes me truly grateful for every opportunity I have been given,” women’s lacrosse student-athlete Alex Mezzanotte said. “Doing community service is important because it makes us realize how blessed we are and that we can make a difference in this world.”
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. Student-athletes from men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, women’s cross country and field hockey volunteered with a Hofstra 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 Nov. 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. 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.