CANISIUS COLLEGE

Throughout the month of November, Canisius College has made an initiative to raise money for "Movember".

Movember Initiative:

November has been a successful month for the Canisius College Golden Griffins. They have raised money for “Movember”, which is a cause that brings awareness to men’s health, with a focus on prostate cancer. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and men’s ice hockey team have worked hard to raise funds for the cause. The men’s hockey team ordered unique, gold, long-sleeve shirts that have the Canisius logo with a mustache on them. These shirts have been sold at $15 throughout the month. The team also ordered 1000 gold movember wrist bands to be sold at $1 apiece. During the men’s hockey athletes-for-athletes game earlier in the month, the SAAC sold approximately 125 wristbands. Throughout the month, the men’s hockey team has been selling wrist bands to family members and to the Canisius student body outside of the cafeteria. The team also has set up tables to sell both shirts and wrist bands at men’s and women’s home basketball games. Overall, with shirts and wristbands combined, the team has raised approximately $825 and they plan on continuing to sell and donate into early December. The team has had individuals raising their own money as well which will also be donated to the cause. The slogan that the team has been using is “Stop Men Dying Too Young”. A lot of efforts have been put into this cause and we have raised awareness not only campus wide, but also in the Buffalo community.

Kristen Plukas (Women's Volleyball), Janae Guy (Women's Lacrosse, Gabby Vetere (Women's Volleyball) shop for Toys for the "Neediest Fund".

The News Neediest Fund:

The month of November prepares the community of Buffalo for The News Neediest Fund. This fund is a part of the Western New York Holiday Partnership, which is a collaboration of large-toy-giveaway programs in Erie and Niagara counties. Toys and money are both raised in this fund. The money raised in the News Neediest drive enables the Food Bank of Western New York to secure more than 200,000 pounds of holiday food items that are distributed to 43 agencies. The toys are given to children and families in need. Canisius College and the SAAC avidly donate toys every year to the News Neediest Fund. Traci Murphy, Associate Athletic Director, and SAAC reps have gone shopping for $250 worth of toys to donate towards the cause. This experience is both enjoyable for student-athletes to pick toys that they think children would love, but also to help them realize the amount of people who suffer on holidays such as Christmas and open their eyes into the importance of giving back. This year already, more than $70,000 has already been raised in Buffalo and the hope is that when the drive finishes, toys and gifts collected will have helped more than 12,000 families and 11,000 children. The Golden Griffins are proud to support this fund every year and donate any toys and money possible. We work hard for this initiative because in the back of our minds we know that we have contributed to thousands of boys and girls having toys on Christmas, and also a nutritious meal on the table. Our student-athlete community recognizes the privileges they have, and dedicating time and efforts towards a cause such as this is very important to them.

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY

Fairfield University's men's lacrosse team raised nearly $13,000 for the HEADstrong Foundation.

Throughout the months of October and November, Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team raised $12,892 to benefit the HEADstrong Foundation as a part of the 2016 Lax Stache Madness. The Stags’ total donation was the highest by any college lacrosse team and ranked second among all participating teams nationwide.

During Lax Stache Madness, student-athletes pledge to grow a mustache for the duration of the fundraiser in exchange for donations to the HEADstrong Foundation. Andrew Eidenshink headed the effort for the Stags as one of four to raise more than $1,000. Jake Knostman, Liam Lynch and Dave Fleming all also topped $1,000 individually toward the Stags’ total of $12,892.

“I am incredibly proud of our team for their efforts to raise money and awareness for the HEADstrong Foundation,” said Fairfield Head Coach Andy Copelan. “The fact that we ranked as the top college team is outstanding, but it’s much more important that the lacrosse community as a whole has come together to support such a worthy cause.”

To date, the fundraiser has generated $197,130. While the competition concluded on November 28, donations are still being accepted until December 5. Click here to donate.

HEADstrong is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing essential services to improve lives affected by cancer. Ninety cents of every dollar donated through Lax Stache Madness supports the HEADstrong Foundation mission.

The blueprints for the Foundation were conceptualized by Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori in 2006, from his hospital bed while he underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which ultimately claimed his life. Today, Nick’s vision is being fulfilled through the relentless efforts of his family, athletes and supporters across the country uniting in the fight against cancers.

Fairfield University's men's lacrosse team assisted with fall cleanup in a local neighborhood.
Student-athletes from Fairfield University participated in a reading day at a local Bridgeport elementary school.

IONA COLLEGE

Iona College's women's basketball team volunteered at the fourth annual Gilda’s Stairclimb.

The Iona College women’s basketball team donated time at the fourth annual Gilda’s Stairclimb on Saturday, November 5. From 9:00 a.m. till noon, the Gaels cheered on all those who participated, and made sure to get involved and motivate those as part of the warmup process.

Gilda’s Stair Climb is a unique fitness event where participants climb flights of stairs in a test of endurance. Gilda’s Stair Climb offers several climbing options to accommodate various fitness levels.

Gilda’s Club Westchester offers emotional support, healthy lifestyle workshops and activities, and social events in a nonresidential, yet home -- like setting -- free of charge. All proceeds from the 2016 Stair Climb support these programs and activities so no one will have to face cancer alone.

Freshman Tilasha Okey-Williams was happy to attend to exceptional occasion: "I enjoyed being able to be a part of the day and encouraging the people to finish the bleachers." Fellow rookie Amelia Motz added "It is a great experience to feel involved in the community which is your new home for four years. We felt very involved in cheering them on to the finish line for a good cause. They accepted us with continuous smiles and high fives. I left White Plains High School feeling like I made a difference in the world I live in today."

manHATTAN COLLEGE

Student-athletes from Manhattan College participated at the Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Student-athletes from Manhattan College created personalized cards for Cards for a Cause.

MARIST COLLEGE

Student-athletes from Marist College volunteered at the Violet Avenue Elementary Reading Event.

Student-athletes from the Marist College, men’s and women’s swimming and diving team, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s and women’s track and field and, men’s and women’s cross country programs visited the students at Violet Avenue Elementary School to participate in this year’s Pick a Reading Partner Assembly. The student-athletes took a few minutes each to speak about their background and what they are studying at Marist College. They talked about the importance of education with a focus on reading, and how learning in the classroom is similar to, and can complement learning for their sport. The student-athletes also took some time to talk about their experience as an athlete and give demonstrations using some of the equipment that they brought along.

Student-athletes from Marist College, Astrid Skjaerpe, Katherine Tijerina, and Brooke Peterson attended the Live Your Dream Conference.

Student-athletes Astrid Skjaerpe, Katherine Tijerina, and Brooke Peterson attended the Live Your Dream Conference hosted by the Poughkeepsie branch of the American Association of University Women. These student-athletes participated as “Big Sister” mentors for 6th and 7th grade students of the community. The purpose of this event was to facilitate conversation between women of all ages that promotes sisterhood, fosters healthy decision making, nurtures a vision for the future and strengthens self-confidence.

Marist College's student-athletes participated in the 4th Annual Friends of Jaclyn Angel Walk.

Over 100 student-athletes participated in the 4th Annual Friends of Jaclyn Angel Walk. This event is held to honor and remember families affected by pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers. Along with raising awareness, the walk raises funds that help improve the lives of the children and families affected by pediatric brain tumors through several programs that the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation provides.

Members of Marist College's women’s lacrosse team attended training sessions at the Dutchess County SPCA.

Members of the Marist College Women’s Lacrosse program attended training sessions at the Dutchess County SPCA in order to learn how to properly handle the animals. They learned how to harness and walk the animals, and how to manage the animals while socializing. They are now fully trained to return to the shelter and volunteer to work with them.

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

Members of the Monmouth University Football unloaded 2,000 turkeys donated by Stop & Shop to the FoodBank of Ocean and Monmouth Counties, Thursday, November 17th as the Food bank responds to unprecedented requests for emergency assistance.

The student athletes say they hope their efforts will lead others to help the FoodBank meet the needs of the hungry in this difficult economic period. In the past year the FoodBank says it has seen a 6 percent increase in food distribution – from 11.1 million pounds of food to11.7 million pounds of food.

  • 132,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean Counties live on incomes that put them at risk of hunger at some time each month.
  • 40% of them are children and elderly.
  • To afford the monthly rent of an average two-bedroom apartment in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, a minimum wage worker would have to work THREE fulltime jobs.
  • A family of four needs an annual income of between $62,000 and $69,000 to be self-sufficient in Monmouth or Ocean Counties, but 20% of Monmouth County and 28% of Ocean County households earn less than $35,000 annually.

Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express program will deliver nearly 21,000 turkeys to hunger relief organizations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island this holiday season.

Stop & Shop donates over $12 million in product and financial support to individual food banks. In addition to the Turkey Express program, Stop & Shop continues to fight hunger through the Food for Friends campaign, which will raise more than $1 million this year for more than 300 local hunger relief organizations.

Monmouth University's men's lacrosse team helped out at the Children's Center of Monmouth County by teaching lacrosse for those with Developmental Disabilities.
The women's swimming and diving team at Monmouth University participated at The Big Event, assisting children ages 8-10 with reading and checking out books of their choice.
Monmouth University's women's lacrosse team volunteered at a local middle school by reading to the class in groups of four.

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY

Student-athletes from Niagara University volunteered at Maple Ave community service night earlier this month.

Student-athletes from Niagara University volunteered at a summer camp in Haiti.

Five Niagara University students spent seven weeks volunteering as summer camp instructors at the Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable school in Haiti. During their time they helped the Haitian students with their English language skills, taught sports and cooperative games, and promoted literacy through library activities. Thanks to donations from family, friends, and Niagara University faculty, the volunteers were able to bring recorders, field hockey equipment, kites, parachutes, baseball equipment, and jump ropes to use with the students. Niagara University alumni Ed Brennan founded the school after the devastating earthquake on January 20, 2010. The school currently serves students in pre-school to fifth grade.

Members of Niagara University's TF/XC team shared Thanksgiving dinner with PACE seniors.

quinnipiac UNIVERSITY

Quinnipiac University's women's tennis team participated in the Connecticut Best Buddies Friendship Walk.

The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team joined multiple Quinnipiac Athletics teams to participate in the Connecticut Best Buddies Friendship Walk on Sunday, November 6, at the Quinnipiac University North Haven campus.

The Quinnipiac women's tennis team was joined by the women's ice hockey, women's softball and women's cross country and track teams for the 3k charity walk that started at the Quinnipiac North Haven campus.

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country and is an event ran by Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Before the charity walk, the goal was to raise at least $100,000 in total. With the help of the women's tennis team, other Quinnipiac Athletics programs, as well as numerous sponsors, the groups exceeded the goal and raised a total of $111,596.47.

To further donate to the cause, click HERE.

Quinnipiac University's men's basketball team joined Special Olympics Connecticut for the Holiday Sports Classic.

The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team joined Special Olympics Connecticut on Saturday November 19, at the Quinnipiac Athletics and Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Avenue campus, which served as one of the host sites for the annual Holiday Sports Classic.

Team members took pictures with and cheered on participants at the Holiday Sports Classic basketball tournament, which featured hundreds of Special Olympics competitors from all over the state of Connecticut.

"Quinnipiac Basketball has been helping us for years, with meeting and greeting the athletes, giving out awards, taking pictures, and just being a part of the fabric of the Olympics that we have there every year," said Jim Reynolds, the director of the Holiday Classic basketball tournament. "Coach Moore does a great job assembling everything, and it works out really well. All the Quinnipiac people from President Leahy, to the people who work there and certainly the basketball team coming down and being a part of it have all been a big help to us over the years."

The Holiday Sports Classic is run by Special Olympics Connecticut and consists of several events that take place at various venues. Unified Sports Basketball took place at Quinnipiac's recreation center, while additional sports such as bowling, volleyball, and powerlifting were at other venues throughout the New Haven area.

"It is always great to be able to give back to people who aren't as fortunate as we are,?" said senior guard Daniel Harris. "It was rewarding for us to see that the Special Olympians all had smiles on their faces and were enjoying the game of basketball. It was great just to be able to do something nice for them."

The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

RIDER UNIVERSITY

Rider University's women’s basketball team helped out with Rider Panhellenic Council’s 2nd Annual Color Run.

On Saturday, November 19, some members of Rider University's women’s basketball team were on the scene to lend a hand with Rider Panhellenic Council’s 2nd Annual Color Run. Crisp air and sunshine served as the perfect weather for the event. The Lady Broncs hung decorations and passed out snacks and thank you bags before finally joining in on the Color Run fun.

Rider University's women’s softball team volunteered at the Mercer County Boys and Girls Club.

On November 11, some members of the Rider University women’s softball team participated at an after school session at the Mercer County Boys and Girls Club. After assisting with some homework the young ladies played some games and had a info session to talk about being a college athlete.

Rider University's women’s field hockey team helped pack Thanksgiving meals.

On November 15, Rider University's women’s field hockey team assisted with packing over 20 boxes with Thanksgiving Dinner for local families for the holiday.

SAINT PETER'S UNIVERSITY

Saint Peter's University's women's bowling team volunteered at the local Campus Kitchen.

The Saint Peter’s University women's bowling team volunteered at the local Campus Kitchen at Saint Peter’s. They helped prepare 150 meals to give to the Hope House in Jersey City, NJ. They also cut over 48 pounds of carrots that will be used to put on salads and cooked as a vegetable for individual meals to be given out this coming week.

Saint Peter's University's men's golf team helped out at the local Campus Kitchen.

The Saint Peter’s University men’s golf team helped Erich Sekel down at the Saint Peter’s University Campus Kitchen by cleaning the pantry, organizing, and then cooking meals for the less fortunate. They really worked efficiently and their strength was put to good use.

Saint Peter's University's softball team helped out at the local Campus Kitchen.

On November 10, the Saint Peter’s softball team worked at the Saint Peter’s University Campus Kitchen. They peeled and chopped up a box of carrots and also made a couple of salads, pasta, and packaged food. They really worked as a team to get things done efficiently.

The women's basketball team at Saint Peter's University participated in another Team Walker reading session at a Jersey City Public School.

The Saint Peter’s University women’s basketball team went to P.S. 22 in Jersey City, NJ to do another Team Walker reading session. The women really enjoyed doing homework and reading with the students of P.S. 22. There were tons of smiles and bonding being done between the women and students.

Saint Peter's University's women's soccer team volunteered at a Jersey City Soccer Association Girls U8 team practice.

The Saint Peter’s University women’s soccer team went to a Girls U8 soccer practice, and the girls team is from the Jersey City Soccer Association and they happen to be the first girls travel team at JCSA. The Saint Peter's University women's soccer team thinks it is very important to promote the sport of soccer especially to younger girls to encourage them to continue and give them hope that they can one day too play at the collegiate level. It's important to them to give back to the youth soccer community as they have given so much to each Saint Peter's University soccer player and helped them grow.

SIENA COLLEGE

On November 30, SAAC/SAM went to the Ronald McDonald House and made a chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole for families.

Siena College's men's lacrosse team participated in TDay Hotline through Equinox.

On November 8, Siena College's men's lacrosse team participated in TDay Hotline through Equinox. The task at hand was to unload the turkeys from the Price Chopper delivery trucks. The truck had 50% of Siena's turkeys or about three tons.

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