Photos: Holy Cross Takes Over NYC for Event-Filled Ram-Crusader Cup Weekend

November 22nd, 2016 by 

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Image by Tom Rettig

In unprecedented fashion, the College of the Holy Cross took over New York City for Veteran’s Day weekend — and a what a weekend it was.

Three days of events held across NYC were centered around the Ram-Crusader Cup, an annual match between football rivals Holy Cross and Fordham University, which took place this year at none other than Yankee Stadium.

The weekend’s events brought Holy Cross to every corner of NYC — from the Bronx to the Lower East Side to the docks of the Hudson River — but more importantly, it brought thousands of members of the Holy Cross community together.

Relive the weekend through photos, Facebook posts and tweets.

TODAY Show

Early Friday morning, before most of the city had set off for the day, members of the Holy Cross community gathered on the TODAY Show plaza, decked out in Holy Cross gear, for a chance to be seen live from Studio 1A. And seen they were!

Holy Cross at the Today Show

Image by Tom Rettig

Cross + Connect

Alumni met at the Princeton Club for a regional career event designed for networking and career development. Not only did they interact with one another, but they also heard from keynote speaker, Carol Donovan Juel ’95, the executive vice president and chief information officer at Synchrony Financial.

Carnegie Hall Tour

While most admire Carnegie Hall from the outside, Holy Cross got a behind-the-scenes, private tour of the landmark building, which remains one of the most prestigious music venues in the world. From the famous Stern Auditorium to Composers Alley, Holy Cross was given the inside scoop of the music hall’s rich history.

Holy Cross gets a tour of Carnegie Hall

Image by Tom Rettig

Bronx Zoo

More than 100 alumni and their families spent Friday afternoon exploring the 265 acres of wildlife habitats and attractions offered at the Bronx Zoo. The zoo had a little something for everyone, and the beautiful sunny weather made it all the more enjoyable.

A Holy Cross family at the Bronx Zoo

Erin Hiro ’00 and Joe Hiro ’02 pose with their son, Ryan, and a giraffe at the Bronx Zoo. Image by Kristyn Dyer ’94

Lions, tigers, hippos and HC at #bronxzoo #hcinnyc

A photo posted by Holy Cross Alumni (@hcalumni) on

Walking Tour of the Multi-Ethnic Lower East Side

With Ed O’Donnell, associate professor of history, as their knowledgeable and animated tour guide, Crusaders walked through the ethnic enclaves of the Lower East Side, exploring Little Ireland to Little Africa, Little Germany to Chinatown. The walking classroom brought the group past historic synagogues , churches, and labor union halls, where they witnessed first-hand the evolution of the multi-ethnic neighborhood as wave after wave of immigrants have been settling there since the early 1800s.

Prof. Ed O'Donnell gives a walking tour

Image by Tom Rettig

President’s Council Reception

Hundreds of Holy Cross alumni, parents and friends filled the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier and National Historic Landmark berthed on the Hudson River, for President’s Council’s first off-campus annual gathering. In addition to exploring the unique venue, attendees learned about the success and momentum of the Become More campaign, heard updates from Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, and were entertained by soprano singer Rochelle M. Bard ’98.

President's Council on the USS Intrepid

Image by Samuel Hollenshead

Oh What a Night (Before)

In the relaxed atmosphere of The Ainsworth, a mid-town restaurant, alumni of all class years gathered at the official Holy Cross celebration location. On the night before the big game hundreds reunited, mingled, enjoyed some appetizers, and got excited for the Ram-Crusader Cup.

Alumni gather at pregame day event

Image by Tom Rettig

Service Project

On Saturday morning, before heading to Yankee Stadium, Holy Cross alumni and their families joined Fordham community members at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle to bake pies for the parish’s annual Thanksgiving Banquet, which provides a warm meal to several hundreds of homeless in New York.

holy cross volunteering/baking pies

Image by Tom Rettig

Ram-Crusader Cup

On a crisp November day, more than 11,000 Holy Cross alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends represented Crusader Nation at Yankee Stadium for the annual Ram-Crusader Cup. Attendees gathered for various pregame events, tailgating and, of course, the big game. Crusaders, young and old, came together to cheer on Holy Cross while purple flags flew high across iconic Yankee stadium.

Holy Cross at Yankee Stadium

Image by Tom Rettig

Mass at Fordham

The weekend rounded off with Sunday morning Mass at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, where Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, delivered the homily. Holy Cross and Fordham community members gathered with those of the parish in prayer and reflection after a weekend of reunions and celebration.

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Image by Tom Rettig

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  1. Mariana Reyes says:

    Wow! It looks like it was an amazing weekend! Well done!

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