Student-athletes to rake lawns for senior citizens

leaf pileMembers of SUNY Oswego’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council want to rake leaves Sunday, Nov. 4. But first, they need to hear from senior citizens in Oswego who would like this free help.

The project, in its third year at SUNY Oswego, 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 among Oswego’s 24 intercollegiate teams and to enhance school spirit within athletics.

“The project has been very popular,” said Diane Dillon, SUNY Oswego’s SAAC adviser and women’s ice hockey coach. “It’s a real win-win. The student-athletes learn about, and enjoy, serving the community and local senior citizens get a little help with a fall chore.”

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. 4.

Senior citizens can register to have their yards raked by contacting Dillon at 312-2880 or Deadline to register is Oct. 30, or until the count has reached 50 yards. The service is limited to those living in the city of Oswego, and homeowners are asked to provide their own leaf or garbage bags.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers helps sponsor this effort throughout SUNYAC by giving each campus a $50 gift card. SUNY Oswego’s SAAC chapter would welcome additional donations of rakes, tarps, leaf bags, gloves or refreshments to help with this sizable volunteer effort.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Cleaning up—Members of SUNY Oswego’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council are looking to rake leaves for senior citizens in the city of Oswego on Sunday, Nov. 4, as part an annual statewide day of services. The offer is limited to 50 yards and spots are filling up quickly, said SAAC adviser Diane Dillon. Shown are members of last year’s SUNYAC champion women’s swimming and diving team cleaning up a yard. In front is Blair Pecka and, in back from left, are Meredith Lerch, Tessie Greenfield, Allyson DaFoe, Shelly Dann and Sarah Gasowski.

CONTACT: Diane Dillon, 312-2880 or

(Posted: Oct 10, 2007)