• Cassara Helping At Home

Cassara Helping At Home


It’s been a little over two years since Superstorm Sandy crushed the East Coast, ripping apart homes and tearing up communities. Yes, Mother Nature is strong as evidenced by Super Storm Sandy which crushed and alienated the coasts of Long Island. While one storm can wipe away so many dreams, human beings can help rebuild them. Its fury could not hold off the beautiful hearts that still beat today in helping those recover.

ESPN broadcaster Mo Cassara has been one of those hearts since the awful days and nights of dealing with a storm that not only ravaged many homes but emotionally upended even more lives.

Cassara, the former head men’s basketball coach at Hofstra University, has been actively involved with helping the communities of Long Island with his time and skills. Mo is involved in many charitable events to help those in need. He can be seen at many venues trying to help raise money for those in need.

“What happened to the communities on Long Island was just devastating,” Cassara said. “So many people were affected, lost their homes, had their lives hurt in different ways. I felt I needed to reach out and help as many as I could.”

So Cassara periodically holds clinics for boys and girls of all ages around the area. All proceeds go to charity. So one can certainly call Mo Cassara, “The Community Coach.”

“I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to coach at some of the best schools in the country,” said Cassara. “It’s a joy to give back to others who need a chance, too.”

Besides the coaching clinics, he teams up with his wife Elisa DiStefano,  of Channel 12 News here on Long Island. This is to help the Coaches versus Cancer and Mohawk Avenue Saint foundations. Every August, he and his wife hold a Sneakers and Sandals Beachball event to raise money for the two charities.

“I’m trying to reach out to as many organizations as possible,” Cassara said. “There are so many people in need of help. I’m just happy I can contribute.”

Cassara has also been involved with the St. Jude Research Foundation and Long Island Cares. “People need help,” he said. “I’m fortunate to be in a situation where I can help.”

Cassara, at the ripe age of 24, first became head coach of Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. He led his alma mater to a New England Prep School championship. He eventually landed the head coaching job at Hofstra after getting valuable experience as an assistant coach at Boston College and Dayton.

Mo is currently a broadcaster for ESPN. “This has been a great experience for me,” he said. “I certainly would like an opportunity to coach again. I think after the year of broadcasting, sitting in another seat, I would be a better coach.”

Cassara is still a young man at 41. His energetic approach to the game of basketball will likely land him a shot to get back into the game of college basketball. “It’s in my blood,” he said. “But this time has given me the opportunity to work on other things in my life.”

Currently he’s broadcasting college basketball games for ESPN, spending his time helping others and embracing married life with his lovely partner. They got married in August.

His wife was featured in the magazine, Luxury Living. Her beautiful smile and humor and bubbly personality helps Long Islanders deal with difficult winters with her appearances on the local Channel 12 morning show.

While others may view the two as an up-and-coming power couple on Long Island, Cassara remains modest and humble.

“I’ve been blessed to have met Elisa. I met her my second year at Hofstra.”

Are any additions planned? “I hope so,” said Cassara. “Every Sunday I go and have dinner with Elisa. It’s a big Italian dinner with a lot of people. I just love it. It’s a great feeling to be part of her family. They’re so supportive of me, too, in good and bad times.”

The same can be said of Mo Cassara and his support of Long Islanders.

Reach out to Mo if you wish. He is the community coach. He’s here to help.

Mo Cassara can be reached at his website if you need more information.

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