Pleasantville Cottage School Gift Drive
Team 91 takes giving back to the community very seriously. On December 1st, 2017 directors and athletes of Team 91 Tristate visited the Pleasantville Cottage School to hand out presents that have been donated by our staff, players, and families. The Pleasantville Cottage School is home to emotionally troubled and disturbed boys and girls ages 7-21. There are 300 kids on the campus; a third of which are mentally disabled. Almost half of the kids at the school remain on campus during the holidays as they have no home to go to or family to celebrate with. This is where Tristate stepped in! For weeks we collected items at team practices requested by the PCS. This week we delivered those dontations and talked with the PCS Head of Volunteers first hand about the struggles these kids endure; a very enlightening experience for our players. This was an incredible opportunity for our 91 family to make an impact on those who are less fortunate.
"This was my fourth year going to the Cottage School to donate the gifts. This is always a special night for Team 91 to give back to the community and help those in need," said Jon Altneu, 2024 Select Team Member who finds so much gratitude in the experience that he comes back and helps us every year. The donated gifts ensure that each child as The Cottage School is able receive a present this holiday season; bringing a smile to their face, and most importantly, warmth to their heart!
On March 11th, 2017 Tristate coaches and directors put together a fundraising event with proceeds going to the One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love. The One Love Foundation was created to educate people about relationship abuse. It teaches people of all ages what is and is not healthy when it comes to relationships. The goal of this clinic was to raise awareness about relationship violence, spread Yeardley's positive spirit, and provide top level lacrosse instruction. At Team 91 Tristate, we not only believe in creating better athletes, but educating them to become better individuals.
We were able to bring in lacrosse professionals Rob Pannell (2x National POY, MLL Championship, MLL All-Pro Team, 3X Ivy League POY, USMNT, Tewaaraton Winner) and Lindsay Scott (National Champion, first ever women's lacrosse pro league selection) to be featured at the Clinic. Team 91 Coach Stef Ranagan spoke highly of the event. "For Team 91 to be able to get tons of young athlets to come out and listen to Yeardly's story was incredibly inspiring... they did a greay job further expanding on One Love's mission and I consider myself grateful to have been part of sun an important event!" With the help of all of our volunteer staff which included the One Love Foundation, Team 91 directors and coaches, lacrosse professionals, and other former collegiate stars, we were able to put on an excellent clinic for an even better cause!