Local Students Tackle Hunger on Superbowl Sunday

Newburgh, NY – on February 1st, SuperBowl Sunday, the athletes of America Rows and Swims Newburgh hosted Newburgh’s SouperBowl of Caring, at the Shop Rite in Newburgh, collecting non-perishable food and $200.00, which they donated to the Newburgh Salvation Army.

The SouperBowl of Caring is a national event, which began 25 years ago today, with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” Since that day, more than $100 million has been collected across the country through the Souper Bowl of Caring to “Tackle Hunger.” It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Through this mission, young people learn what it’s like to make a positive difference in the world – as they collect food, raise money and volunteer to work in charities that provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to those in need.

“We are so thankful to Mrs. Lo and the athletes of America Rows and Swims Newburgh, for once again choosing the Newburgh Salvation Army as their charity of choice.  They have made a tremendous difference to our hot meals programs through their generosity,” said Captain Alfonso Ciriaco, of the Newburgh Salvation Army, “we are also blessed to have Mrs. Lo on our Advisory Board, as she has made it her goal to help us get a major Grant to support our mission to help Newburgh’s neediest residents.”

“We were honored to be chosen to be Newburgh’s representative agency in the 25th Annual SouperBowl of Caring.  I have always taught our Student Ambassadors that no matter how little one may have, there is always someone in greater need, and we make it a habit to give back to the community,” said Juliana LoBiondo, Director of America Rows and Swims Newburgh and a member of the Advisory Board of the Newburgh Salvation Army.  “We would also like to thank the Goldbacks Youth Football League, who came over in the morning and helped us with the heavy lifting to set up the fundraiser, it was great to have the extra muscle power of our young Goldbacks on board.”

ARSN athlete Peter Hales and "Daisy," a younger sibling of an ARSN athlete

“I cannot tell you how proud I am of the ARSN athletes and families,” said Coach Ed Kennedy, co-Director of America Rows and Swims Newburgh and Programs Director of the Newburgh Rowing Club.  “The athletes were down in Ramsey, NJ all day Saturday, where they rowed their hearts out at the Ironman Erg Classic.  Then they came out on Sunday to give back to the community with the SouperBowl of Caring.  They are an inspiration to all of us.”
America Rows and Swims Newburgh is a not-for-profit 501( c)(3) which provides underserved youth in Newburgh with scholarships to the Newburgh Rowing Club, a free water confidence clinic, and a free afterschool swim club, along with other enrichment programs.  For more information about America Rows and Swims Newburgh, visit www.RowSwimNewburgh.org.  For more information about the SouperBowl of Caring, visit www.TackleHunger.org.

Newburgh Rowing Club Coach Christian Cunningham holds the bucket of canned goods, and is pictured with ARSN athletes Jackie Cruz and Eileen Corrales

Headlining Photo: ARSN athletes Anthony Solis, Ivanna Solis, and Richard Guerrero, provided