Red Storm Student-Athletes Lend A Hand At St. John's Bread And Life

Yana Vavdiyuk and Kerri Johnson of the volleyball team at St. John's Bread & Life.

Nov. 21, 2012

Brooklyn, N.Y. -

The St. John’s athletic community displayed the University’s commitment to service with its annual trip to the St. John’s Bread and Life facility where student-athletes and staff assisted in the distribution of hot meals to over 1,000 local residents.

“It’s always an amazing opportunity for the St. John’s athletics family to give back to our extended community and serve the yearly Thanksgiving meal at St. John’s Bread and Life,” said Associate Vice President for Athletics Kathy Meehan. “This time of year reminds us of our own blessings, one of which is our ability to give thanks and give back to those in need.”

The Red Storm was out in full force at the Bread and Life kitchen as members of the volleyball, track & field, women’s golf and lacrosse teams volunteered towards the effort.

“It feels really good to be able to partake in a day of service and utilize the lessons you’ve learned at St. John’s,” said track & field sprinter and co-SAAC president Rikka Lovely. “It means a lot to be able to help people and seeing the smiles on people’s faces makes it all worthwhile.”

The student-athletes were joined by a strong contingent from the athletics department including Meehan, the entire volleyball staff, head coach Joanne Persico, associate head coach Mario Treibit and assistant coach Maxim Auguste, head cross country and track & field coach Jim Hurt, Associate Vice President for Academic Support Services Dr. Nancy S. Kaplan, Associate Director for Athletic Development Mary Pat Beirne, varsity coaches secretary Kathy Lally and professor Jack Clark of St. John’s Peter J. Tobin School of Business.

Rev. James Maher, C.M., Executive Vice President for Mission and Student Services, and Chair of the Board for St. John’s Bread and Life and Rev. Richard Rock of St. John’s University also lent support throughout the day. NBC 4’s Bruce Beck and members of his family also continued their yearly tradition of volunteering at St. John’s Bread and Life during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Earlier in the week the Brooklyn Nets visited the St. John’s Bread and Life facility to serve food and sign autographs for the organization’s clients. The entire roster of players took part in the day of service and immersed themselves amongst their new Brooklyn community.

St. John’s Bread and Life is located at 795 Lexington Ave. in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was founded in 1982 as a work of the St. John’s Baptist Parish. For the past 30 years, St. John’s Bread and Life has addressed the issues of hunger and poverty in Brooklyn and Queens by serving thousands of meals each day and offering a number services to help people achieve self-sufficiency.

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