RUTHERFORD, N.J. – For the fourth consecutive year, members of the Felician College women's basketball team donned Halloween costumes and chaperoned the Borough of Rutherford's annual Ragamuffin Parade. This year's event was held before the snow began to fall on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Due to the inclement weather, the event was moved indoors into the Rutherford High School auditorium. But the spirit of the day remained, as the Felician student-athletes paraded around the high school, in costume, with young townsfolk ranging from infants to third-graders.
"The players went out of their way and spent their own money to make sure they had head-to-toe costumes," said Felician assistant coach Joanne Smith. "One of our freshmen, Alex Salaycik, dressed as the Felician Golden Falcon, and all of the kids lined up behind her for the parade."
When the group reassembled in the auditorium, the Golden Falcon players served as masters of ceremonies and judges for a costume contest, and helped the event organizers hand out prizes and candy bags.
"It was very inspiring," said sophomore Katrina Plummer, who served as one of the emcees. "We weren't just seen as basketball players, we were looked up to as role models. It was nice to get out as a team and support our community, and I enjoyed seeing how much fun the kids had.
While Felician's main campus is in the Borough of Lodi, its athletics offices and dormitories are housed in Rutherford, just a half-mile from Rutherford High.