RUTHERFORD, N.J. – For the 10th consecutive year, members of the Felician University women's basketball team volunteered to assist the Borough of Rutherford operate its annual Ragamuffin Parade.
Held yearly by the Rutherford's Recreation Department on the Saturday before Halloween, the Ragamuffin Parade allows borough youngsters to march through the town in full costume. The event starts at Rutherford High School and ends at Lincoln Park. This year's event, sponsored by Adrian Edwards Realty, was run on October 28.
The Felician players, also dressed in Halloween costumes, acted as chaperones, playing music as the children proceeded through the parade. Once at Lincoln Park, the Golden Falcons helped by giving out candy and serving as costume contest judges.
"The Borough of Rutherford appreciates coach Steve Fagan and the Golden Falcon women's basketball team assisting at our special events," said Barbara Bennett, director of the Rutherford Recreation Department. "The team has great spirit and we appreciate their time and enthusiasm. Thank you so much to the Golden Falcons for being a treasure in our community!"
Felician seniors like Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) were participating in their fourth Ragamuffin parade. But she says the Golden Falcon players are able to take something unique out of each event.
"Every year is like new," Foster said. "It's fun to see the hard work that the parents' put into these costumes. Plus I wore the Falcon (mascot) suit, and that's become a big part of the parade. The kids seem to really enjoy seeing the Felician Falcon every year."
Rutherford is home to one of Felician's two Bergen County campuses. The Felician Rutherford campus hosts the University's athletics department offices and residence halls. It is also home to the recently-refurbished Iviswold Castle and the new Education Commons building.
Community service is a theme constantly stressed by the Golden Falcon coaching staff. In late September team members volunteered at the Steven Siller Tunnel To Towers 5K Run and Walk. At its home opener on December 5, Felician will sponsor a holiday food drive. A pair of anti-cancer fundraisers are slated for the spring semester.
"I'm seeing that kids in our community really look up to young ladies," Foster said. "So when our team goes out to events, the kids get to see that we are just like them. They see it's not out of the ordinary for our players to be part of their neighborhoods. In that way, it's really nice to give back."