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Women’s soccer supports the community

Howie Evans | 8/22/2013, 12:18 p.m. | Updated on 8/22/2013, 12:18 p.m.
Monroe College soccer players

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Monroe Mustangs women’s soccer team took some time out of their rigorous preseason training schedule to renew acquaintances with the wheelchair-bound residents of Richmond Community Services in Yonkers, N.Y. The Mustangs shared some laughs and then brought them out to a concert in a nearby park.

“This was another experience that our student-athletes share that helps them grow,” said coach Jonathan Garbar. “We remind them all the time that when you became part of Monroe women’s soccer, you became part of something bigger than just a ball and a goal. It was a privilege to be there and an honor for us to be in the presence of such great people. I am very proud of our efforts tonight and can’t wait to make our friends proud when we hit the field.”

This is the second year that the Mustangs have supported Richmond. In fact, at one game in 2012, some of their new friends came to a couple of Monroe games to watch from the sidelines, and the Mustangs even invited them onto the field and into their half-time huddle. Garbar indicated that was on the agenda for the upcoming 2013 season, too.

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others,” said sophomore Melanie Formosa. “Even though we thought we were going to help them, in the end, it was obvious that they were the ones helping us become better people.”

Sophomore Johanna Varela agreed and added, “It made us appreciate everything we have. Even the small reactions some of them had let us know they appreciated that we were there. It was an amazing feeling.”