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St. John’s basketball visits Engine Co. 3 Ladder Co. 12 and tour National 9/11 Memorial

Never forget, it is a phrase that is easy to say but difficult at times to follow-up on. Embracing their role as New York’s Team was St. John’s who took time on October 4 to honor the heroes of the City, by visiting FDNY Engine Co. 3 Ladder Co. 12 Battalion 7 in Manhattan before taking in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

“Our team’s visit this week to the FDNY station and the sacred memorial at Ground Zero was equally sobering and inspiring. At St. John’s we encourage our student-athletes to strive for balance in all aspects of their lives, in order to maintain perspective on what truly matters most,” said head coach

Red storm men’s basketball head coach Steve Lavin

. “The remarkable spirit of selfless duty and sacrifice the first responders demonstrated in an effort to save innocent lives on 9/11 will continue to inspire generations to come. Our team is grateful for the time the FDNY and NYPD spent with us, sharing an invaluable perspective.”

The members of the 2012-13 team had a first-hand look at what it takes to be a real life hero while strengthening their relationship with those who come out and support them during the course of the upcoming season.

The team also had the opportunity to walk the grounds of the national tribute of remembrance to those lost during the attacks of September 11, 2011.

“It’s breathtaking,” sophomore guard D’Angelo Harrison said of the memorial.  “It’s eye-opening for all of us. I’m just glad we are down here giving support. You really feel for the people who are remembered here.”

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