Keystone student athletes participate in Christy Mathewson Days
La Plume - Thanks to the efforts of Keystone student athletes, the College was well represented at the 18th annual Christy Mathewson Days parade and community celebration. Led by Assistant Director of Athletics and Head Field Hockey Coach Kacy Manning, the students were excited to be a part of what has become one of the area’s most popular summer events and their efforts did not go unrecognized.
Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the students’ float won the “Best Appearing Float Award.” Working together as a team, the student athletes sacrificed some of their summer break to create a float recognizing the virtues of Keystone Academy alumnus and Baseball Hall of Famer, Christy Mathewson.
“The annual Christy Mathewson Days is a great community event that our student athletes were thrilled to support,” said Kacy. “The students learned about a great local hero who exemplified the qualities of honesty and integrity they strive for while competing.”
Miles Dargan, Darien Wingate, and incoming freshman DaVaughn Thomas worked together to build the float foundation and assisted with the decorations. Field hockey players Shannon Robinson and Katie Darling also helped with decorations and volleyball player Shelby Morgan created signs for parade participants. Field hockey players LeeAnna Bennett, Raisha Piper, and Diandra Sherman and cross country runner Justin Clark also participated in the parade.
Following the parade, hundreds gathered to enjoy a beautiful evening featuring food and family activities at Christy Mathewson Park. The Keystone student-athletes played an important part in the community celebration as well with baseball players Dominic Montenaro and Adam Sosnowski coordinating a pitching speed game for all to enjoy. As an added bonus, the students also took turns participating in the dunk tank.
While the student athletes may have given up a bit of their summer vacation, in the end they learned a valuable lesson: hard work and dedication go a long way both on and off the playing field.
Photo Caption: Gathering with the “Best Appearing Float Award," first row from left are: Student athletes Dominic Montenaro and Justin Clark; Assistant Director of Athletics and Senior Women’s Administrator and Head Field Hockey Coach Kacy Manning holding daughter Quinn; and student athlete Diandra Sherman. Second row from left are: Student athletes Adam Sosnowski, Miles Dargan and Darien Wingate and Keystone College President Dr. David L. Coppola.