Queens-based Atlantis Cricket Club – NY last week made another record donation of Toys for Tots to the COPE, or College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment program at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. It was the sixth year that the New York based cricket club has made a contribution to the program, aimed at helping struggling parents cope with earning an education, while raising their children.
On hand to assist with the handover of some 150 toys on behalf of Atlantis, was former West Indies women’s cricket captain and assistant women’s cricket coach, Trinidadian-born Stephanie Power, who’s also an Honorary Lifetime member of Atlantis and an inductee into the Cricket Hall of Fame in Hartford, Conn.. Power was recently inducted into the Trinidad & Tobago Sports Hall of Fame.
The toys were collected from an outreach to Atlantis members, their families and friends and donated in time to be wrapped by the COPE staff, for presentation to the needy youngsters at a holiday party held last Friday on the campus of the Brooklyn community college.
Also on hand witnessing the presentation were Keith Aaron, Atlantis’ Treasurer and Leslie “Tulu” Lewis, the club’s Liaison Officer. Accepting the toys on behalf of COPE was COPE’s Administrative Officer Alma Riley, Tutor, Joe Namy, and a COPE student Erica Monroe.
COPE is an acronym for College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment and was established in 1993 to provide a high level of support and employment services to current or former CUNY students or applicants who receive public assistance benefits (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Safety Net, or Food Stamps) by the Human Resources Administration of New York City (HRA) as they transition into self-reliance and financial independence.
COPE’s mission is to foster a student-centered atmosphere conducive to self-empowerment, which embraces diversity and ensures that every student is treated with respect, courtesy and professionalism. Congruent with the mission of Student Affairs, COPE offers a wide array of services and resources designed to support students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Next year Atlantis Cricket Club – NY celebrates its 50th anniversary and is planning an even bigger Toys for Tots community event.