Student-athletes to rake leaves for senior citizens

athletes raking leavesMembers of SUNY Oswego’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council want to rake leaves Sunday, Nov. 5. But first, they need to hear from senior citizens around Oswego who would like this free help.

The project is part of an annual statewide day of community service by SAAC chapters at all 11 SUNY Athletic Conference colleges. SAAC’s mission is to generate a student-athlete voice and to enhance school spirit within athletics.

“It was so well-received last year that we anticipate a much bigger turnout this year,” said Diane Dillon, SUNY Oswego’s SAAC adviser and women’s hockey coach. “The student-athletes really enjoyed themselves and look forward to getting out in the community to help.”

Student-athletes from all 24 SUNY Oswego intercollegiate teams will receive a list of yards that need raking and fan out to provide this service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5. The event will take place regardless of weather.

Senior citizens can register to have their yards raked by contacting Dillon at 312-2880 or ddillon@oswego.edu. Deadline to register is Nov. 1.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers helps sponsor this effort throughout SUNYAC by giving each campus a $100 gift card. SUNY Oswego’s SAAC chapter seeks additional donations of rakes, tarps, leaf bags and gloves to help with this sizable volunteer effort.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Cleaning up—Members of SUNY Oswego’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council will rake leaves for senior citizens around the Oswego community on Sunday, Nov. 5. The event is part of an annual statewide day of community service by SAAC chapters at all 11 SUNY Athletic Conference colleges. Shown cleaning a yard last year are men’s soccer players, from left, Mike Roorda, Ian Germain, Byron McMichael and Jeff Bryce.

CONTACT: Diane Dillon, 312-2880 or ddillon@oswego.edu

(Posted: Oct 11, 2006)

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