Northwestern's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee spent the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 7 delivering canned food to Family Focus of Evanston.

The King NU P.R.I.D.E. Program, with special contributions from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Speech and Hearing Clinic, oversee what has become an annual holiday tradition that benefits Family Focus of Evanston.

It took two vans and five cars to fit all 24,053 non-perishable items, a record shattering number from year's past.

"Every year I've been in SAAC, we've set a goal to break the previous year's canned food drive record. We've exceeded all expectations this year. It has to be the highest since I've been here. It really shows a lot about the culture in our student-athlete community. We want to make a difference."

- Senior Braden Thuraisingham, SAAC Executive Board, M. Soccer

Items were raised this year through contributions from all 19 of NU's varsity athletics programs and staff as well as fans who attended the Nov. 14 volleyball and Nov. 29 women's basketball games.

Family Focus provides parents and their children with critical resources and learning opportunities to encourage healthy development in their communities. The organization provides parents with training and educational tools to support healthy early childhood development. It also supports children and youth ages 6-18 through enhanced educational opportunities programs to explore science, technology, engineering and math, as well as sports and cultural activities that encourage healthy development, self-confidence and the ability to create positive relationships.

Senior Jared Tomas, SAAC Executive Member, Football
"SAAC has really shown me what it means to put others before yourself. We're completely bought in to helping the community. These student-athletes go above and beyond. We come in, work hard and take initiative. It is really cool to see everyone come together and I'm really proud of our student-athlete body."

- Senior Jared Tomas, SAAC Executive Board, Football

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