On Saturday, May 5th, nearly 100 Princeton student-athletes, coaches and administrators will board buses and head to the YMCA of Trenton for the fourth edition of the PVC's major community service event. The group will work to help refurbish one of the oldest "Y" locations in the country.
Student-athletes from the Princeton football, women's basketball, men's ice hockey, women's soccer, and women's swimming & diving teams, along with members of their respective coaching staffs and Princeton administrators are slated to participate. They will pull down, clear, rebuild, or paint various areas within the club, which dates back to 1896 and is the site of the first-ever professional basketball game.
The club has been going through a period of significant growth in membership over the last several years under CEO Samuel Frisby, but his older facility is in need of work. "We are truly looking forward to partnering with the Princeton Varsity Club and the United Way of Greater Mercer County. The YMCA of Trenton has recently gone through some challenging years and is in need of a little TLC."
This edition of Weapons of Mass Construction represents a partnership between the Princeton Varsity Club, the YMCA of Trenton and the United Way of Greater Mercer County. The event has been held each of the last four years; the group helped renovate Mill One, a 6.5 acre site in Trenton, during years one and three, and built a 10,000 square-foot sustainable urban garden in year two.
Laura Martindale '11, a former ice hockey student-athlete, participated in year two of the project. "This program is important because it helps us to stay away from school for a minute and realize that aside from the books, and the studying, there are some very important things going on in the community and in the state that we are spending four years in... Being able to remove yourself from the academic setting and doing something that is valuablein real life to other people feels really productive."
You can view videos that were produced during each year of the project on GoPrincetonTigers.tv by clicking the links below: