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Knights in the Community Off to a Fast Start


NEWBURGH, N.Y. – The Mount Saint Mary College athletic department’s community service initiative, Knights in the Community, kicked off the new school year with a pair of projects over the weekend. The men’s tennis team painted a map of the United States on the playground at Walden Elementary School, while the men’s and women’s cross country teams stained playground equipment at Chadwick Lake Park in Newburgh.

Seven members of the men’s tennis team gathered on Friday afternoon to lend a hand to Walden Elementary School in Walden, New York. With a giant stencil and five different colors of paint, the team traced out a map of the United States and then painted the states in alternating colors. The finished project stretched almost forty feet in length across the playground.

The project was set up through Sharon Satkowski, a teacher at Walden Elementary and also the mother of men’s tennis head coach Justin Satkowski. Walden Elementary School principal Veronica Casillo was instrumental in acquiring the supplies to complete the map.

“We had a lot of fun with the project,” said Coach Satkowski. “The guys enjoyed the opportunity to help out the school and make a difference for the students and teachers.”

Also on Friday afternoon, the men’s and women’s cross country teams were hard at work in Chadwick Lake Park. Seventeen members of the teams pitched in to stain a large piece of wooden playground equipment.

Rob Petrillo, Commissioner of the Town of Newburgh Recreation Department, provided the paint, brushes, and rollers for the afternoon.

“Our team uses Chadwick Lake Park as a home course, so it was nice to lend a hand towards improving the park,” said cross country head coach Fred Callo.

More community service projects are planned for the fall. The men’s basketball team will host a food drive, the women’s soccer team will be mentoring students from the Nora Cronin School, and the men’s and women’s swimming teams will host a Boy Scout trip for swimming lessons.

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