Rutherford Ragamuffin Parade Never Gets Old For Felician Women's Basketball

Rutherford Ragamuffin Parade Never Gets Old For Felician Women's Basketball
RUTHERFORD, N.J. – When Steve Fagan was named head women's basketball coach at Felician College eight years ago, he immediately sought ways for his team to become involved in its community. One of the first events he found was the Rutherford Ragamuffin Parade.

Held yearly by the Borough of Rutherford's Recreation Department on the Saturday before Halloween, the Ragamuffin Parade allows youngsters to march through the town in full costume. The event starts at Rutherford High School and ends at Lincoln Park.

Rutherford is home to one of Felician's two Bergen County campuses. The Felician Rutherford campus houses, among other offices and amenities, the College's athletics department and residence Halls. It is also home to the recently-refurbished Iviswold Castle and the new Education Commons building.

On October 24, the Borough held its 40th edition of the Ragamuffin Parade. It was the eighth time that Felician women's basketball players, also dressed in Halloween costumes, have served as chaperones and costume contest judges. According to fifth-year senior Alex Salaycik (Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic), it never gets told to see the smiles on the children's faces.

"We get just as excited as the kids," Salaycik said. "They get so happy seeing us. It really makes us feel like role models. The excitement on their faces is so heartwarming."

Community service is a theme constantly stressed by the Golden Falcon coaching staff. Earlier in October, team members volunteered at the Steven Siller Tunnel To Towers 5K Run and Walk. During the 2015-16 season, a holiday food drive and a breast cancer fundraiser are planned for home games.

"Quite simply, giving to your community builds character," Salaycik said. "We've learned that life is about the 'us' rather than the 'me.' And by doing these events as a team, we'll take something away from each one and have a story to look back on."