Freshman Chris Obekpa posing in FDNY firefighter gear during the team's visit to the West 19th Street firehouse in October.
March 6, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's University will welcome members of the New York City Police, Fire and Sanitation departments, as well as the New York City Office of Emergency Management, to the men's basketball game against BIG EAST rival No. 15/17 Marquette at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m.
During "First Responders Day," senior administrators from St. John's will make a formal presentation at center court during halftime to thank representatives from the NYPD, FDNY, DSNY and OEM for the unyielding service by their agencies to protect New York City.
The University lauds the most recent heroics of First Responders during the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and along with all New Yorkers, will never forget their call to action during the 9/11 tragedy. It is with this in mind that St. John's acknowledges and appreciates all that First Responders do for the University community and citizens in the New York and metropolitan area.
"St. John's is thrilled to have representatives from New York City's four major service agencies and their heroic departments join us for First Responders Day. We felt this opportunity was long overdue as we join with our fans to thank the NYPD, FDNY, OEM and DSNY for their tireless efforts in keeping New Yorkers safe each and every day," said Martha Hirst, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "We value our partnerships with these critical agencies and look forward to a wonderful afternoon of fun and exciting college basketball for all to enjoy."
"Like all New Yorkers, we appreciate the brave and heroic efforts of the First Responders. The link between the university and the four major agencies is significant with St. John's men and women employed throughout the respective organizations. This event is a modest gesture to show our appreciation for the great work they do serving and protecting our city," said Chris Monasch, Director of Athletics.
Thousands of tickets have been distributed for use by these agencies as St. John's expects a boisterous home crowd for their final regular season game of the year against BIG EAST Conference opponent Marquette. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.