It's not uncommon to see Fordham student-athletes in the Walsh Varsity Training Center, after all, it's were they work out. But it was odd on Thursday night to see so many of them there, representing just about every Fordham sport, from baseball to water polo, as they sponsored the inaugural "Rep for Kids" fundraiser.
The idea behind the weightlifting fundraiser came from head strength and conditioning coach Ted Perlak, who brought it up at a Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) meeting. Football Rams Brendan Melanophy and William DeLuca, who are members of SAAC, picked up on Perlak's idea and Perlak put them in touch with Judge Robert Holdman, FCRH '86, LAW '91.
"When were deciding on a charity we wanted one associated with nine eleven," said DeLuca. "When Coach Perlak heard this he put us in contact with Judge Holdman, who knows New York City better than anyone. When we called, he gave us the story behind the Michael J. Armstrong Foundation and we thought that it was perfect fit for us."
The plans weren't in the works for long as the group had just three weeks to organize the benefit before the end of the semester.
"The shortness of time in which this developed is not only reflective of the kids involved, but of Fordham," said Holdman. "It's a great Fordham story. For them to reach out and do something like this for a Fordham grad they didn't even know and to get it together in so short a time is amazing."