Thursday, November 18, 2010

SSNYC Speaks at Ramapo

Yesterday, Street Soccer NYC went to Ramapo College of New Jersey to participate in their hunger and homelessness panel. Ramapo’s Community Service Center has been staging events all week to recognize National Hunger and Homelessness Week. The panel was organized and facilitated by Sarah Cipolli. The day started off with SSNYC players Marcus, Anthony, Donnie and Charlie going with SSNYC Director and Ramapo alumni, Will Mazzuto out to the Mahwah, NJ campus. The panel discussion was held in the Ramapo College Alumni Lounge with 150 students attending including the college’s Men’s Soccer team and Field Hockey team.

The members of SSNYC talked about their life experiences and what it is like to be homeless today in America, as well as what SSUSA means to them. They spoke about the issues they have to deal with on a daily basis and what the Ramapo students can do to help the homeless community in America. They expressed how community and being part of a team has given them direction and brought them some comfort in the tough times they are going through.

Ramapo College Field Hockey Coach Concetta Valerio said of the panel, “The event really opened the eyes of the students and faculty here at Ramapo. The members of SSNYC were such dynamic individual’s who have experienced so much. They told us so many things about their lives and shared a lot of personal stories with us. They showed us homeless people aren’t what we typically see on TV. It was a pleasure to have them here at Ramapo and we look forward to working with Street Soccer more in the future.”

Thank you to Sarah and the whole Ramapo community for giving our players the amazing platform to express themselves!

SSNYC and Ramapo's Community Service Center

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