St. John's Student-Athletes Community Service Efforts Recognized At Annual Holiday Dinner

Dec. 11, 2008

QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's Department of Athletics held its 13th-annual Turkey Dinner of Thanks on Monday, Nov. 24 in Marillac Terrace. This annual event offered the members of the St. John's community, including a number of international student-athletes, the opportunity to share in a timeless American tradition. Wearing chef's hats and aprons, coaches and administrators served a traditional Thanksgiving meal to the more than 300 student-athletes and guests in attendance. In addition, the evening also recognized the service efforts performed by student-athletes at St. John's and in the local Queens community.

"The Turkey Dinner is a very special evening which brings the entire athletic department together as we spend time with each other and give thanks," said Director of Academic Support for Student-Athletes Eric Rienecker. "Our student-athletes have done more than 2,000 hours of community service and events like this make sure that their efforts do not go unnoticed."

The evening began with a welcome address from the Director of Athletics Chris Monasch, who recognized members of the St. John's community for their diligent work, thanking staff, coaches, and student-athletes for a year-long effort and performance in community service.

Presentations were also given by women's soccer junior Courtney Curby, men's soccer senior Rory Quinn, and track & field junior Allie Morbitzer. Each shared their involvement as volunteer facilitators and student coordinators of Student Development 101 (SD101), a mentoring program for St. John's freshman student-athletes.

Special recognition was also awarded to representatives from the Midnight Run organization, Billy Preston and Nina Cuddy. Midnight Run works with St. John's University and the Red Storm student-athletes to distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless people of New York City.

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