PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 25, 2013) – Seven Rutgers athletes showed their support for the “Stronger than the Storm” campaign on Sunday, July 21 in Seaside Park, N.J., where members of the baseball and wrestling teams competed together in a tug-of-war competition to raise awareness for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
Representing RU baseball was senior Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.) and sophomores R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) and Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.), while incoming freshman Garret Conner (Centerville, Ohio) and sophomores Mikey Simmons (Middletown, Pa.), Jalen Ramos (Bayville, N.J.) and Anthony Pafumi (West Orange, N.J.) participated on behalf of RU wrestling.
“It was for a good cause,” said Ramos, who grew up 12 miles down the road in Bayville, N.J. “I am from the shore area so I was pretty happy about the event and thought it was a good thing.”
“Stronger that the Storm” is a comprehensive consumer campaign that was developed to raise awareness of Sandy recovery efforts in the Jersey Shore area. A total of 35 teams competed in the tug-of-war tournament, as each squad had four to10 members divided by weight class. The event had three divisions – family, co-ed and heavy weight.
“I’m not personally from New Jersey but a lot of my teammates are and a lot of their friends and families’ homes were destroyed during the storm,” Simmons said. “Hurricane Sandy was a tragic event so I just wanted to do something nice and help out.”
While many competing teams consisted of student-athletes from other colleges and universities, residents and employees from local businesses also took part in the event. Despite the Rutgers squad losing to the Rowan University football team, Lasky enjoyed being in Seaside Park to support the cause.
“We know a lot of people were affected by the storm last year and are still in the process of recovering,” Lasky said. “It was great to take part in this event to help raise awareness and support the cause. We always enjoy helping out the community whenever we can.”
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