Lancer athletes give back to community

SJVHS CATHOLIC ATHLETES FOR CHRIST VOLUNTEER FOR HOMETOWN HEROES

Press Release from St. John Vianney High School

SJVHS continues to support the Hometown Heroes organization. On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, over 40 student athletes representing SJVHS’s Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) along with Theology Teacher Mr. Pat Smith and Campus Minister Mr. Jeff Johnson, traveled to Seaside Heights and volunteered their time in the Sand Museum.

The CAC worked alongside world-renowned sculptor Ed Jarrett. Jarrett is the Guinness Book of World Record Holder for the “Sandy Castle” which he built on the beach in Point Pleasant on the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Ed Jarrett stated, “Thank God for Saint John Vianney High School. The 40+ students came fully motivated and their volunteer work ethic was inspirational to say the least. My hat remains off to this incredible high school that has also contributed to Sandy Castle, Hometown Heroes and Sandy Relief. Let us please spread our appreciation for them throughout our social media networks.”

Continuing his partnership with Hometown Heroes, Ed Jarrett has embarked upon a new project, “Boardwalk Journey,” a sand museum that will feature over 5,000 square feet of detailed sand sculptures. Located in Seaside Park, the exhibit will take visitors back in time to the beginning of the Jersey Shore boardwalks and deliver them to the doorstep of the future. The anticipated opening of The Sand Museum is the summer of 2014.

Catholic Athletes for Christ is a Diocesan mandate, founded by Mr. Ray McKenna and instated by Bishop David O’Connell in the Diocese of Trenton. SJVHS is part of the first Diocese in the US to institute it on a Diocesan level. Mr. Pat Smith states, “Our Catholic Athletes for Christ at SJVHS definitely hit a Home Run yesterday with Hometown Heroes.”