On Saturday, September 10, 2011, the Iona College women’s water polo team volunteered for a non profit organization called MAC Angels. The organization raises money for families coping with ALS as well as supporting research. There was an event at the Hudson River on Saturday, September 10th that was held by MAC Angels as well as three other cancer societies.
The event was a competitive 1.5 mile swim through the Hudson River. The Gaels arrived at about 7:00 am and helped set up tents, tables, and merchandise. When the swimmers began showing up, they helped check them in and made sure they had everything they needed and knew where to go for the start of the race.
While the race was going on, the team was stationed at the finish line for support and a few of the girls helped check the participants in and give them their times. Watching the end of the race was extremely rewarding because men and women of every age had been able to complete it. One man in particular swam the entire mile and a half with only one leg and one arm, the amazing thing is they were missing on the same side. After the race, the team helped break everything down and carry things back to the truck. Over all it was an extremely rewarding experience and the people there was very nice and extremely grateful for the team's help.