Lacrosse for a cause

By Ellen Cooke

Contributing editor: Avraham Kalban

Ricky Pages has been playing lacrosse since he was a little kid in Lynbrook, Long Island. He played for Ohio State too, then professionally for the Long Island Lizards, Charlotte Hounds and Boston Cannons as a defender for six years. These were traveling around-the-country, weekend ‘gigs’ while working full-time.

ACL/MCL/meniscus surgery sidelined Ricky a few years ago. But our Gas Field Operations (GFO) Senior Supervisor has spent the past three years doing the job he loves for us in Hewlett, LI and rehabbing so he could return to his other, lifelong passion.

And this July, at age 31, Ricky will be traveling to Israel as part of the Puerto Rico National Team in his first World Games (which features 57 competing countries). The money he and the team are raising is going to Puerto Rico Hurricane relief, to fly the team over, and to cover players’ hotel, meals, and equipment and uniform needs. “Puerto Rico doesn’t have a foundation like other bigger countries or more established teams. So we’re raising money and feel really good about giving half of that to much-needed relief efforts.”

Ricky continues, “The World Games is the pinnacle for international lacrosse and 2018 will be the first time the island of Puerto Rico will be represented by 23 talented men.” After the games, the team will head to Puerto Rico to volunteer their time as well.

Ricky has also signed with the Ohio Machine for the 2018 season and starts training camp March 11. This is for the Major League lacrosse season that runs during the summer.

Says coworker, GFO Senior Supervisor Lou Casucci, “Team Hewlett is very proud and excited for Ricky. We wish him and his teammates success at the games.”

Ricky’s coworkers in Hewlett raised more than $400 for his new lacrosse team, with more money continuing to flow in. Additional strong support has come from Brian Varga (Director GFO, LI West), Scott Held (Manager, Field Ops, LI East) and Dan Pate (Lead Supervisor, Field Ops, Hewlett). And, the company is matching every dollar raised.

Says Ken Daly, NY Jurisdiction President, “Having visited our crews in Puerto Rico three times this winter, I have seen the devastation firsthand and know how important our support is to the residents of Puerto Rico. Our employee volunteer activities in support of Puerto Rico make me proud to work here at National Grid. The ‘Power to Serve’ spirit is what makes us the company we are – an organization of caring individuals, like Ricky Pages, working to make our local communities a better place through their ‘day jobs’ then going the extra distance in their personal lives to help others around the world.”

We will share more on Ricky and the team – including photos – after the World Games, which run July 9-21. In the meantime …

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