A DAY OF SERVICE, LACROSSE…AND DANCING!
On Saturday, April 7th, the FCC women's lacrosse team hosted over 30 middle school students from Harlem Lacrosse's P.S. 76 A. Philip Randolph Girl's program from Harlem, NY. Harlem Lacrosse's mission is to empower the children who are most at risk for academic decline and dropout to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. Harlem Lacrosse inspires children to dream about tomorrow while working hard on the field and in the classroom today, messages that are instilled daily with the FCC women's lacrosse team.
It's important for our student-athletes to give back, to exercise compassion, to serve those less fortunate in our backyard and beyond. We have a very diverse team with vastly different backgrounds and socioeconomic upbringings so it was terrific for Harlem's students to witness the success these ladies are having at FCC; to see that they can be the first in their families to receive a college education, to better themselves and leave a legacy and lasting impact on their families and communities.
Perhaps, most importantly, it was a day where all involved could literally be filled with love. These intangibles are often taken for granted. It is challenging for us to imagine that some children are never hugged, let alone cared for and encouraged.
Harlem's students were greeted with a welcome tunnel filled with music, laughter and excitement. At the end of the tunnel, they received homemade tie-dyed t-shirts made by FCC's women's lacrosse team along with a team bonding exercise. The day was capped off as they took the field for lacrosse drills and equally as important – dance-offs!
"Being with the Harlem girls made us realize that while we have our own problems, there are others worse off," said FCC captain Brianna Majette. "The team cherished their time with them. Just knowing the impact they were having on the girls was so cool and seeing them open up and blossom in just a short time together was amazing. Imagine the difference we can make when we dedicate our lives to serving those less fortunate."