As the sound of 75 athletes and cheerleaders filled the hall on the way to the cafeteria, the staff of St. Francis Medical Center prepared to meet and greet their visitors. The young men and women, their coaches and administrators entered the cafeteria thanking everyone they met for having them. As the formal program began, the students were welcomed by Interim CEO and President of St. Francis Medical Center, Christy Stephenson. After congratulatory comments by special guest, Mayor Eric Jackson of the city of Trenton, the students heard inspiring words from Freeholders Sam Frisby and Pat Colavita, who read an official proclamation and Deputy Mercer County Clerk, Walker Worthy, who awarded a commendation of service to Athletic Director Sharron Grady.
After a pasta dinner, head coach Tarig Holman introduced Coach Riley-Coleman and Coach Gonzalez of the cheerleading squad. The cheerleaders were recognized for their commitment to the team and spirited enthusiasm. Coach Holman spoke at length to the students about the importance of building good character among the athletes. Then Coach Holman introduced his coaches and commented that these individuals were men who also exemplified good character and who cared about the players not just the scoreboard. The coaches acknowledged the freshman and JV players. Among cheering and clapping, the Varsity players were recognized and awards were presented to the Varsity players.
‘Pasta and Awards Night’ was a huge success at St. Francis Medical Center but, the real success was seeing 75 young athletes truly enjoy and appreciate the good wishes and good food sponsored by the hospital. “We are so happy to be able to host these wonderful young ladies and gentleman,” said Christy Stephenson. “We look forward to having them back again next year!”
|Photo Above (L-R) Dr. Joseph Youngblood II, Provost and Dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service of Thomas Edison State College, Brian Bennett, SFMC Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Tom Moonan, SFMC Foundation Vice Chair, Tarig Holman, Trenton High School Varsity Football Coach, Sam Frisby, Mercer County Freeholder, Eric Jackson, Mayor of Trenton, Christy Stephenson, Interim CEO and President of St. Francis Medical Center