RANDOLPH, NJ- Players from Randolph High School’s Boys Soccer Program, together with Head Coach George Mousis, delivered Care Packages containing face masks and hand sanitizers for the school’s faculty and staff. After several weeks of collecting donations from soccer families and the broader Randolph community, the Boys Soccer Booster Club assembled 225 individual care packages plus baskets of supplies for the Nurses’ office, Guidance office and the Main office. All in, the donation was valued at approximately $1,500.
Principal Debbie Iosso and Athletic Director Dave Hutchinson welcomed the donation and said they thought the care packages were going to be well-received by teachers and staff. Mrs. Iosso commented that there was a lot of excitement at the school as they readied for the return of students, teachers and staff the next day.
“We can’t wait for the students to return, these halls have been empty for too long," said Iosso. "Our teachers and staff members were excited, but also a little nervous about how the re-entry would go."
Which is precisely why the Boys Soccer Booster Club Board encouraged the boys to conduct the donations drive and donate care packages to their teachers and staff at the school. “The care packages are a token of our appreciation for all that the teachers and staff are doing for the students," said senior Akay Utku. "If these supplies help the teachers and staff in a small way, even if just to show that we support them, then that is the least we can do for them.”
The RHS Boys Soccer program has a long-standing commitment to serving others by participating as a team in a community service project. Each year, with the help of its Booster Club, the Varsity captains and coaches select a service project through which they can make a meaningful contribution to the community. Last year the players participated in a charity walk to benefit NourishNJ (previously Morristown Soup Kitchen), raising several thousand dollars to help neighbors in need. Thanks to a recent T-shirt sale (#RAMSTRONG T-shirts seen on some players in the photo above), the Boys’ Soccer Program will be presenting a $250 check to Market Street Mission.
“This year, we wanted to also show support for the teachers and staff as they’re returning to school," said Booster Club President, Kelly Varga. "The boys rallied behind creating these care packages and also wrote some very heart-felt and endearing messages of support to the teachers and staff members.”
Head Coach, George Mousis, said he was proud to present the donation to the school. “These student athletes demonstrate to us every day that they know the value of hard work on the field and in the classroom," said Mousis. "Knowing that they wanted to also reach out to support their teachers, my colleagues and me, as we re-enter this unusual school year, really demonstrates to me what well-rounded and mature good citizens these student athletes are.”
The RHS Boys Soccer Booster Club wishes to thank all the players, coaches, players’ families, and the broader Randolph community for the donations and for all they do to support the soccer program and the teachers & staff of RHS.