RUTHERFORD, N.J. – With a day off from class and practice on Labor Day, many members of the Felician College baseball team opted for some rest and relaxation on a beautiful Monday.
While team members J.R. Meneses (Lake Worth, Fla./Zion Lutheran) and John-Paul Codelia (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian) eventually found time for themselves, they spent their morning and early afternoon on Monday assisting associate head coach Dan Palumbo sort and pack loads of old Felician baseball equipment. The players then rode with Palumbo to the Bronx, N.Y., headquarters of The Cesar Presbott Foundation, where the equipment was donated.
The Cesar Presbott Foundation is named after its founder and president, a 30+ year New York Yankees scout. Palumbo is a longtime supporter of the foundation, which prides itself on helping needy people. The equipment donated by the Felician baseball team, represented by Meneses and Codelia, on Monday will be provided by the foundation to underprivileged children in the United States, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Labor Day marked the second time that Felician baseball has teamed up with the Cesar Presbott Foundation. In November 2014, the foundation joined the Professional Scouts Assocation, of which Palumbo is a member, to hand out 1,500 Thanksgiving turkeys to the needy of New York City. Golden Falcon team members Jack Fowler (Shrewsbury, N.J./Red Bank Regional) and Andrew LaMura (Brick, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) helped pack the turkeys for that trip and also donated another carload of equipment to the Cesar Presbott Foundation.
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels.