2008-11-12 / Sports

Holy Cross H.S. Team Scores At St. Mary’s Hospital

Holy Cross H.S. Team Scores At St. Mary’s Hospital


The Holy Cross H.S. varsity football team (back row, l. to r.): Seniors James Haran, Tariq Tongue, Reggie Francklin, Kenneth Smith, Omohe Uwa and Travis Quarless, (middle row, l. to r.): Mark Koldras, Constantine Bazas, Prince Mingle, Matthew Hartung and William Rennie and (front row, l. to r.): Nick Hristis, Monty Bigot and Terrence Coon found the children at St. Mary’s Hospital didn’t let their medical situation get in the way of their love for football.

Whether or not they win or lose on the field, the varsity football players at Holy Cross H.S., Flushing, will always be heroes to the patients at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside. On November 7, Coach Tom Pugh and Director of Service Learning Michael Genovese accompanied the team to St. Mary’s Hospital, where in a room filled with chronically ill and severely disabled children of all ages and their caregivers, the squad’s passion for the game was contagious as they handed out bumper stickers reading “Remember the Knights, they will remember you.” For Pugh, whose daughter, Jennifer, is disabled, St. Mary’s is very special. “We go there as a team every year, and it’s important for our kids,” Pugh said. “It humbles them.”

Pugh shared his expertise on how to call plays during a game and the children, whose handicaps exclude them from such pleasures, threw and punted as far as their arms and legs allowed as they attempted to call some plays of their own.

“It was very moving,” Co-Captain Receiver and Safety Terrence Coon said. “Some kids were shy at first but then they got really excited to play with us.” Coon said he would not soon forget his experience at St. Mary’s. “I’m a healthy person, and I know I’m blessed,” he added.

Co-Captain and Linebacker Reggie Francklin was also pleased to be a part of the visit. “I like going there. It was a lot of fun playing with them,” he said. “It’s great to see them smile and know that I had something to do with that.”

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