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Iona Rugby Player Creates Sense of Community

March 19, 2019

Matt Crowe of Iona College has been a leader off the pitch. Serving as a member of the campus ministry, Matt has spearheaded several initiatives that have created a shared sense of belonging. For his efforts, Crowe was nominated for the 2018 Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award.

As a leader of Midnight Run, an organization dedicated to feeding and clothing the homeless of New York City, Matt would coordinate a fleet of thirty students to collect and distribute items to the homeless once a month. The group of volunteers would head out to distribute the goods around 8:00 p.m. and return well after midnight.

“Having the opportunity to help out those that are less fortunate is a really an awesome experience. As a community at Iona, we have really rallied around a tremendous cause,” Crowe said.

His coach and mentor Bruce McLane described Matt as “an outlet for those that need help, advocating service by example.”

In addition to his work with Midnight Run, Crowe has been an organizer of Life Talks, a group dedicated to bringing together people of different faiths for open and honest discussion. On several occasions, Mariano Rivera, former New York Yankees All-Star reliever, has come to discuss faith from his perspective. Students from all walks of life and faith attend Life Talks and the events have built a tremendous sense of community on campus.

“People from different faiths and backgrounds come together to discuss a number of different topics. It has really fostered of openness and inclusion and I am proud to have made the Iona community a more welcoming place,” said Crowe.

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