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More than 130 Princeton student-athletes participated a day of service in conjunction with the Princeton Varsity Club and Isles Inc. Read more.


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Marty Johnson:
One of the things you're going to be doing today is creating a mini-farm. Trenton used to have

Marty Johnson:
135,000 people. We're now down to just 82,000 people. So, we've got a bunch of vacant land

Marty Johnson:
around. We have really one supermarket in terms of one market that is over 40,000 square feet.

Marty Johnson:
We have one other grocery store in the city for 82,000 people. Being able to grow

Marty Johnson:
food close to where people are at is very important... very important for places like Trenton.

Marty Johnson:
It's important across the planet.

Krystal Hill:
It's great to get out and sort of see beyond Princeton, even though this is only about 15 minutes

Krystal Hill:
away. You could see where you could be yourself after college, and you can do things like

Krystal Hill:
this and make a huge impact on the community, and I think it's really cool and it's inspiring

Krystal Hill:
at the same time.

Amada Sandoval:
The students here are incredibly focused, and they're really strong supporters of each other

Amada Sandoval:
and that tightness -- the warmth in their community -- it's like a big family, and I really admire that

Amada Sandoval:
and kind of envy that, but then I'm glad to be able to be a part of that.

Peter Farrell:
This is planting a seed, as far as I'm concerned. You're planting a seed for future involvement

Peter Farrell:
on behalf of student-athletes later in life. The continuity is extremely important.

Peter Farrell:
Marty has been doing this for 30 years down here in Trenton -- a Princeton student whose project

Peter Farrell:
became a realization here in helping the community out. You don't know which one of these kids will become another Marty Johnson.

Isaac Serwanga:
I mean, the community part was great, but I feel like one of the things I'm going to take from

Isaac Serwanga:
this was the people aspect. They got to introduce the people who we worked with,

Isaac Serwanga:
and we got to see a lot about what people are doing to better themselves,

Isaac Serwanga:
so this is just another opportunity for a lot of people to have that second start, have that second...

Isaac Serwanga:
second chance to really get something done. I mean, there are a lot

Isaac Serwanga:
of people completing GED programs making sure they're getting a high school diploma

Isaac Serwanga:
in order to better themselves, and that's really something that is good to be a part of.

Andrew Dixon:
Yeah, we're working out here with those guys that we met, with those girls we met, shoveling dirt.

Andrew Dixon:
That's a great way to connect with these guys.

Laura Martindale:
Well, I think these programs are important because, for one, it helps us to step away from

Laura Martindale:
the school for a minute and realize -- aside from all the books and all the studying --

Laura Martindale:
there are some important things going on in the community and in the state that we're

Laura Martindale:
spending these four years in. And so, being able to remove yourself from that academic

Laura Martindale:
setting and do something that seems valuable in real life to people, I think, is really productive.

Jeff Kampersal:
The Princeton Varsity Club -- just what it stands for -- we try to instill that into our kids,

Jeff Kampersal:
to know that it's a privilege to play at Princeton, and it's also almost like an obligation to give back,

Jeff Kampersal:
but I don't think they feel obligated. I think they do it on their own.

Bob Surace:
I think it's important for the alumni that were athletes to see the Princeton Varsity Club

Bob Surace:
does a lot of great things, and we're able to put some practical experience

Bob Surace:
on that and really accomplish some things that the players will remember for a

Bob Surace:
long time after they're done here.

Meredith Taylor:
Having the help of volunteer groups is extremely important. The ability to bring in young people

Meredith Taylor:
and those that are interested and able to help us get this stuff ready is... it's invaluable.

Meredith Taylor:
We couldn't do this without the help of volunteers.

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