Fordham’s Sailing Team executed the Jesuits’ credo, “men and women for others” on Nov. 13 when they helped the owners of Sailmaker Marina on City Island clean up debris and start reconstruction on their marina, which was largely decimated by Tropical Storm Sandy.
Nineteen of the 26 active student-athletes participated in the cleanup, which, co-owner Maura Mandrano said resulted in more cleanup in two hours than she and co-owner Paul Laddamada could have accomplished in 17 weekends.
“It really did feel great helping them,” said Fordham College at Rose Hill freshman Jackie Cappellini. “I can only imagine how hard it has been on them. I’m glad . . . to partake in the group effort that so effectively worked in assembly lines to move all the wood and clean in such an effective manner,”
Sailing club students will be returning this Friday, Nov. 16 for another work party.
A non-varsity sport, the Fordham Sailing Team is supported largely by private funds that come from former sailing alumni and sailing enthusiasts. The team practices out of City Island’s Morris Yacht & Beach Club and is under the direction of Reed C. Johnson, head coach, and Joe Sullivan, FCRH ’58, director of sailing operations.
“As proud as I am of our student-athletes on the water, I am equally proud of their current volunteer efforts on land,” said Sullivan.