March Goodworks Update: Canisius College
This past month the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the annual athlete formal, otherwise known as GriffInvite. Tickets were sold throughout the month of March for $10 a piece or $15 for a ticket including 10 raffle tickets. Raffle items ranged from an iPad mini, to a limited edition Sabres stick signed by Jack Eichel, to a Wegmans gift card with more exciting prizes in between. Student-athletes were able to purchase raffle tickets at the event itself for the chance to win one of the offered prizes. All proceeds from this event went towards the Patrick P. Lee Foundation. The Lee Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to having immediate and measurable impact in two key areas; mental health and education. This Foundation is based on strong philanthropic values and a passion for community outreach. It is aligned with organizations committed to improving lives in Erie and Niagara Counties in New York State and southern Florida. This event gave student-athletes the chance to give back to something bigger than themselves and interact with each other. The venue incorporated a DJ, photobooth, games, and a catered dinner, all which came together for a great cause.
On Sunday, March 26, the Fairfield Rowing team hosted a “Meters for Myeloma” 5K event to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. This event raised $6,100 with 115 total participants.
The Fairfield Volleyball team volunteered at a Read Across America event at the bookstore on Saturday, March 4. They assisted children with a craft and read Dr. Seuss books with them.
Iona College's Women’s and Men’s rowing teams headed to Fairfield, CT to participate in a 5k run. The activity took place last Sunday, March 26, the team arrived at the site around 11:30 a.m. to sign up, the run took place at noon, and the activity was over by 1:30 pm. The run was in support of the Women’s team assistant coach, Catherine Labine. Her husband has been diagnosed with Myeloma, Fairfield University hosted the 5K to support him. A total of $5,600 was raised alongside other Fairfield University teams and participants. The Men’s team felt it was important to take part in this activity because it hits home, and it is important to support all those around us that are in need.
Over the course of Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5, the Iona College Women’s Soccer program helped the New Rochelle soccer league run a local tournament, "The Manhattan Kickoff".
The Gaels volunteered their time as field marshals, which consisted of overseeing two separate sites, Iona College and City Park, where the tournament was being played. At the two sites, the ladies reported the scores of each game on paper and through an associated app.
Tournament participants and their parents were welcomed by the members of the Maroon & Gold with smiles and enthusiasm. The student-athletes answered a variety of questions, spanning from driving directions to expanding on their collegiate soccer experience.
The Iona women’s soccer team are adamant in exclaiming the good experience volunteering; everyone felt like they were able to better the experience for younger players also looking to play soccer in college.
On March 24, members from all 10 of Marist College Women’s teams participated in an event with the local Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts were allowed to choose which sports they were interested in, and the student-athletes organized drills and games to teach the fundamentals of the sport. This event has become a tradition at Marist and is organized by LEAP (Ladies Empowering Athletics Program) members. The event gives the Girl Scouts an opportunity to learn about different sports that are available to them, and an opportunity to bond with the student-athletes.
On March 26, the Marist College Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs hosted their 27th Annual Kids Day Out. This event is co-hosted with Marist’s Office of Accommodations & Accessibility each year to benefit the Marist College Scholarship for Students With Disabilities. The event continues to be a successful tradition, reaching an approximate total of 187 boys and girls between the ages of 7-17 participating this year. During the event the members of our men’s and women’s programs assist the athletes as they learn the basics of the sport.
Quinnipiac's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) visited Montessori School in New Haven, reading Dr. Suess books to children from ages 1-5. In addition to sitting with small groups of children and reading stories, student-athletes also donated beta fish to each of the four classrooms visited.
Quinnipiac's S.A.A.C. is dedicated to being a voice for Quinnipiac's student-athletes who have committed themselves to community involvement.
Members of five different QU Athletics sports teams - Men's Lacrosse, Men's Basketball, Women's Rugby, Women's Soccer, and Acrobatics & Tumbling - made a visit to Celentano Biotech, Health and Medicine Magnet School in New Haven this week. The Positive Play initiative was made in conjunction with Dr. Suess Week as the Bobcats read books to the elementary and middle school children.
The student-athletes took time to read Dr. Suess books to seven different classrooms at the Celentano Magnet School while the Bobcats also donated a beta fish to all seven classrooms they visited on the afternoon. The children then got to name the fish after Dr. Suess characters they heard the athletes read to them about that same day.
Adopted years ago, Quinnipiac's Positive Play initiative encourages community involvement by the University's student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Quinnipiac is dedicated to the promotion and development of service, service learning and civic engagement programs and initiatives that involve students in the local community. The student-athletes are challenged to critically examine the role their service plays in cultivating personal development and social change. Over the course of the academic year, Quinnipiac student-athletes will participate in over 500 total hours while participating in more than 100 community service events.
The Quinnipiac softball team made a visit to Operation Gratitude and was able to provide community service for the organization on Thursday afternoon.
Operation Gratitude is an organization that annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package contains donated product valued from $45-100, and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship.
Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1,750,000 and by December 2017 they will have shipped off over 2,000,000 packages in total. Today, the Bobcats were able to assist with care package preparation, as well as breaking down pallets of donated goods such as chapstick, coffee and sunscreen.
"Each spring break, our program chooses to give back to the community and one of our core values is to have an attitude of gratitude," Quinnipiac softball head coach Jill Karwoski said. "This year, we could not pass up the opportunity to say thank you to all those that serve through the amazing organization of Operation Gratitude."
Operation Gratitude's mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation.
CLICK HERE to see how you can aid in Operation Gratitude's mission.
Siena College March GoodWorks Events
On March 3, Siena's Women's Soccer team went to the Boys and Girls Club of Albany. While there they taught children soccer as well as helped out with homework.
On March 5, the Women's Lacrosse team visited the Ronald McDonald House. The team cooked chicken and pasta for the family members at the Ronald McDonald House.