There was enough warning, you could watch the weather channel and the local news to watch the path of Hurricane Sandy. Everyone knew she was coming. Experts were predicting the worst-case scenarios but in the aftermath, the truth of what Hurricane Sandy left behind could be seen in the burned-out homes in Breezy Point, Queens, and the flooded buildings and subways in New York City. The reality of the devastation was widespread and heartbreaking.
For former athletes and current athletes volunteering oneself to help the team is not a foreign concept. It is a concept that is embraced and continually exhibited by many on the field in service of ones teammates, and off the field, long after the game is over, in service on one’s community.
Suzanne Werdann of Feed The Children summarizes that positive effect, “The players really did make an impression not only on the families but the Lowe’s employees and the volunteers. They allowed them to forget about their problems for a few moments and that was worth more than any supplies we could have provided.”