HC in NYC: Ram-Crusader Cup Weekend
Holy Cross and Fordham square off on the football field nearly every year, and have since November of 1902. In 2016, the teams took the field at legendary Yankee Stadium in New York City for the Ram-Crusader Cup. While the final score wasn’t in favor of the Crusaders when the clock ran out at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12, the Holy Cross spirit was alive in New York City all weekend.
A jam-packed schedule of 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.
It started on Friday morning, bright and early at “The Today Show” on the plaza, where members of the Holy Cross community sported purple gear and appeared on TV during the broadcast. During the day on Friday, alumni and friends participated in tours across the city, from Carnegie Hall to a walking tour of the Lower East Side with Professor Ed O’Donnell ’86, as well as Cross + Connect, a networking event. More than 100 Holy Cross families spent the afternoon exploring the Bronx Zoo, and in the evening there was a President’s Council reception on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier and National Historic Landmark berthed on the Hudson River, and an alumni celebration at The Ainsworth, a mid-town restaurant.
Before kickoff on Saturday, Holy Cross alumni and their families joined Fordham community members at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan to bake pies for the parish’s annual Thanksgiving banquet, which provides a warm meal to several hundreds of homeless people in New York. And it all wrapped up on Sunday morning with Mass with the Fordham community at the St. Paul the Apostle.
—Maura Sullivan Hill