November 20, 2012

Adelphi Aids in Long Beach Cleanup from Sandy

from staff reports

Members of the Adelphi men's lacrosse team helped cleanup the devasted town of Long Beach on the South Shore of Long Island.
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LONG BEACH, N.Y. — The waterfront town of Long Beach on the South Shore of Long Island was devasted by Superstorm Standy, with water washing over the high school's playing field and seven feet of water flooding its equipment room, causing teams to lose all of their uniforms and most equipment. Many houses along the beach town were also lost, and the Long Beach football team only was able to play a football playoff game with help in equipment donations from Boomer Esiason, among others.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, members of Adelphi men's lacrosse team took time out of their day to head down to Long Beach and aid in the cleanup of the area due to the devastation incurred.

Eric Janssen, Kevin Kennedy, Joe Giardina, Dan Moriarity, Brian Carney, Vincent Alestra, Joseph Sciara, Bryan Morrit, James Maroney, Steven Beckwith, Nicholas Massaro, Anthony Rainone, Joe Cellano, Aidan Bennardo and Nick Olsen and his family all spent the entire day helping to clean up the damage caused by the hurricane.

The team pitched in with everything they could including removing downed trees, clearing out houses of ruined electrical appliances, furniture, bed sets and even ripping down sheet rock and insulation and took out any debris that needed removing and brought it to the curb. When all was said and done, the men's lacrosse team helped clear a total of 12 houses on the day.

"It felt great to help out many families that were affected by the super storm," senior goalkeeper Adian Bennardo said. "The devastation and destruction is unbelievable. Seeing people's possessions and belongings ripped out and tossed to the curb was a very sad moment and left me with a lasting impression. It also makes you appreciate everything you have."

"I am very grateful to be part of a program that is so willing to help others," said Adelphi men's coach Gordon Purdie. "The team stepped up this weekend and I am more than proud of their efforts. The Olson family was especially helpful in making the day a successful one by providing transportation to and from Long Beach, food and beverages, gloves, masks and power tools that enabled the team to help support the community."

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