February Goodworks Update: Blood Drive

The Canisius College Athletics annual Blood Drive took place on Wednesday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Palisano Pavillion. This annual Blood Drive is an out of sport “Battle of the Bridge” rivalry between the Griffs and Niagara University. Every donation from an athletic faculty member, staff, alumni, and student-athlete on this day counted for one point towards the battle. Canisius won the challenge again this year with a total of 79 individuals in the athletic department and across the teams showing up to donate. This is the first time the Griffs have won back-to-back against Niagara when it comes to the blood drive matchup. The Athletic Department encourages participation in rivalries like this one because it gives our student-athletes, coaches and staff members an opportunity to participate in rivalries out of their regular settings and in return, it helps the community. Blood drawn from individuals is used for transfusions and/or made into biopharmaceutical medications. One simple donation has the potential to save as many as three lives. This annual drive gives a sport created rivalry between two schools a chance to compete against each other, but more importantly come together to support those suffering.


Iona SAAC hosts first ever CHOICES Tailgate:

Iona SAAC hosted the first annual CHOICES Tailgate on Friday February 24 prior to the highly anticipated men’s basketball rivalry game against Manhattan College. Across all 11 MAAC schools, every SAAC (student-athlete advisory committee) is hosting a Tailgate in an effort to inform the student body about the harms and effects of alcohol and the bystander affect. This is a part of the CHOICES initiative, centered on healthy choices and alcohol awareness. These Tailgates are headed by BJ Merriam, the Director of Compliance & Student Athlete Services for the MAAC. Throughout the year, Iona SAAC has been tweeting facts about alcohol and its dangers in anticipation for the event. While these tweets were aimed at student-athletes, many also applied to the student body as a whole.

At the tailgate, all students were able to play games and gain important knowledge in how alcohol can affect their everyday life. There were multiple Iona SAAC members that volunteered at the Tailgate to help it be as successful as it was. Among the volunteers was Iona SAAC President Katie Newton. Newton stated “I was very pleased with the number of students that came to the event. Alcohol can be a hard topic to discuss on college campuses across the nation. With games and initiatives like this, it makes the topic easier to discuss. We were able to have fun and play games with many students at Iona and I look forward to see this event continued year to year!”

On Saturday, February 25, the Iona Softball team expressed gratitude and appreciation for the men and women who serve our country by creating thank you cards for these brave heroes.

The Gaels found it extremely fitting to give back to these individuals who sacrifice so much for our safety and freedom. A little goes a long way when paying respect to those who wear the uniform proudly. With the cards, the softball team was hoping to bring some happiness and express how much their service is valued.

Senior Katie Newton had an emotional connection to this activity. She said, "It means a lot to me making cards for those who serve our country. Both my Uncle and Grandpa served, so it was special to write to those like them, other heroes. I hope our words of encouragement are able to bring a smile to their faces and make a difference."

From the Iona softball team and the rest of the community, thank you to the current active service men, women and veterans for protecting America.

The Iona College Women's Swim Team volunteered for the Midnight Run service project on the night of Thursday, February 23. The athletes met at the Montgomery house where they organized clothing and prepared bagged lunches to bring into the city. They then traveled to the city where they made 3 stops to hand out the clothing and food to those in need of them.

Not only did the athletes provide material items to many homeless people in New York City, but they also provided them with conversation and compassion. Freshman, Anna Desiderio commented, “Every time I volunteer for Midnight Run, I am always amazed by how loving, genuinely sweet, and thankful the people we serve are. Despite their situation, they are some of the happiest and most content people I have ever met.”

The Iona College mission and ministry program hosts the Midnight Run service project about once a month for students on campus to volunteer for. It is a great experience and a very enjoyable community service project. The Women's Swim Team very much enjoyed volunteering for the service project and hope to volunteer for a Midnight Run again in the future.


Manhattan College GoodWorks Events

February 3 –Ronald McDonald House Dinner – six volunteers

February 17 – Cards for a Cause – Each week student-athletes gathered to make cards for various organizations and groups to support various people and causes. Some examples include: cards for the elderly in nursing homes, cards for policemen and firemen, etc. - 22 volunteers

February 19 – Strength and Conditioning Awareness – 10 volunteers

February 25 - St. Margaret of Cortona – nine volunteers

February 26 - Women's Soccer Youth Clinic – 20 volunteers


The Marist College Women’s Soccer team spent each Saturday morning from 7:30 am to 11:30 am at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in Newburgh, NY. Each student-athlete was assigned to a classroom based on their projected major and assisted the students as they learn the content. They also spend some of their time socializing with the students and playing games. The team will be going to the Armory every Saturday morning this semester as a commitment to the Armory’s mission to be an instrument of civic engagement and a promoter of unity among all people.

On February 24, members of the Marist Women’s Volleyball team partnered with the Spackenkill School District to raise funds for Sparrow’s Nest, a charity organization that provides meals to families of caregivers diagnosed with cancer. The student-athletes served as guest coaches for a volleyball tournament with students in the school district, and performed a halftime show highlighting their skills.


Monmouth University Football February GoodWorks


Niagara University Men's Soccer team assisted a group of teachers from Vietnam move in, while they visited the area.

quinnipiac UNIVERSITY

HAMDEN, CT – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) worked with Quinnipiac's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to host the MAAC Choices Sober Tailgate on Thursday, February 9 night during the basketball doubleheader at the TD Bank Sports Center.

The MAAC SAAC Choices Sober Tailgate took place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center (specifically the ice hockey concourse). Members of Quinnipiac's SAAC volunteered along with members of the MAAC to promote smart choices being made in the social landscape of higher education.

The night of the MAAC SAAC Tailgate will ran alongside the Quinnipiac basketball doubleheader featuring the women's team taking on Marist at 5:00 p.m. followed by the men challenging Saint Peter's at 8:00 p.m. Both games streamed live on ESPN3.


Saint Peter's University Women's Bowling team spent Tuesday, February 7 at Campus Kitchen. They made over 60 plates of food and also cooked and prepared food to give out later in the week. The plates consisted of a starch, a veggie, and protein. They also helped cook steaks and make salads. They helped Campus Kitchen prepare and deliver food to members of the community in need.

On Friday, February 3 the women of SPU Bowling team spent the afternoon at Campus Kitchen. They peeled, cut, and cooked potatoes (over 75 pounds). They also made potato soup and cooked steaks. They helped Campus Kitchen prepare and deliver food to members of the community in need.

The Bowling Team spent time at Campus Kitchen on Tuesday, February 21. They prepared over 70 meals that consisted of grilled cheese with bacon, tomato salad, potato salad, and beans. They made sure all meals were packed and refrigerated to be delivered to halfway houses and individual families all over the Jersey City area.


Siena College GoodWorks Events

February 14 - The Women's Lacrosse team went to the Brookdale Senior Living Center and handed out flowers to some of the residents on Valentine's Day.

February 28 - The Field Hockey team went to the Ronald McDonald House and cooked a meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, and salad for the family members.

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