Laker student-athletes to rake leaves for senior citizens Nov. 13

Hundreds of SUNY Oswego student-athletes are ready to rake leaves in the city of Oswego on Sunday, Nov. 13. They want to hear from senior citizens who would like this free help.

imageNow in its seventh year at SUNY Oswego, the project is part of an annual statewide community-service project by Student-Athlete Advisory Council chapters at all 11 SUNY Athletic Conference colleges. SAAC’s mission is to generate a student-athlete voice among Oswego’s intercollegiate teams and to enhance school spirit within athletics.

“The community supports all 24 of our teams, so this is one of many great opportunities to give back,” said Diane Dillon, Oswego’s SAAC adviser and women’s ice hockey coach. “Our student-athletes find it a memorable and fun experience, and an outstanding way to meet community members they otherwise wouldn’t.”

Student-athletes 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. 13.

Senior citizens can register to have their yards raked by contacting Dillon at 312-2880 or Deadline to register is Nov. 10, or until the count has reached 50 yards. The service is limited to seniors living in the city of Oswego, and homeowners must provide their own leaf or garbage bags.

SUNY Oswego’s SAAC chapter welcomes donations of rakes, tarpaulins, leaf bags, gloves or refreshments to help with this sizable volunteer effort.

PHOTO CAPTION: Enjoying their service—Members of the Laker women’s field hockey team show off for the camera during last year’s leaf-raking day of service by the hundreds of student-athletes on SUNY Oswego’s 24 intercollegiate teams. Student-athletes again plan to rake leaves for senior citizens within the city of Oswego on Sunday, Nov. 13. The service is limited to the first 50 yards registered with Diane Dillon at 312-2880 or

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(Posted: Oct 20, 2011)