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Neumann's Men's and Women's Hockey Teams Lend a Helping Hand

Over 55 Neumann hockey players dug holes, planted trees and spread mulch with community members and distinguished clergy.

Sept. 19, 2006

Camden, NJ - The Neumann College men's and women's ice hockey teams participated in a community service project this past Saturday, September 16, in Camden, New Jersey. 


The two teams set out to give back to the community planting a surplus of over 50 trees around the  grounds of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and surrounding neighborhoods. The Knights assisted the New Jersey Tree Foundation in their efforts to transform 29th Street in Camden, New Jersey, in a day long event this past weekend.


"Working hand in hand with the N.J. Tree Foundation to help develop the area around St. Anthony of Padua Church was important to the City of Camden and the members of Neumann College.  Not only did we help develop a section of Camden, we as a team, developed a bond within our own dynamic.  Some players that may not have known each other well were digging holes with each other, working together, trying to accomplish the same goal," stated Knights Women's Ice Hockey Head coach, Matt Kennedy.


Over 55 Neumann hockey players dug holes, planted trees and spread mulch with community members and distinguished clergy.  The players split up into groups ranging from 4-8 people.  Each group planted 3-4 trees, some weighing in at more than 600 pounds.


This is not the first time athletic teams from Neumann have involved themselves in contributing to the community. Neumann College places a heavy emphasis on the importance of community service, and the athletics department demonstrates this by participating in community service projects every year.


In the last few years the Knights have worked with the Special Olympics, held community dinners for the Sister of St. Francis, and have assisted with maintenance, repairs, and landscaping at the Mothers' Home, in Darby, Pennsylvania.


"It is great to be able to give back to the community. Our players enjoy volunteering their time and giving back to the community. Overall, I feel both St. Anthony of Padua Parish and Neumann Hockey benefited greatly from the event," said Knights Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Dennis Williams.


The Neumann Knights men's hockey team will open their 2006 season on Saturday October 21, while the women's team opens their season on Saturday, November 11.


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