Student-athletes to rake leaves for senior citizens

students raking leaves.Hundreds of SUNY Oswego student-athletes are ready to rake leaves in Oswego on Sunday, Oct. 25. They want to hear from senior citizens who would like this free help.

Now in its fifth 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 24 intercollegiate teams and to enhance school spirit within athletics.

“The response from the community has been outstanding the last few years,” said Diane Dillon, Oswego’s SAAC adviser and women’s ice hockey coach. “This is one of many ways our student-athletes give back to the community that supports our teams all year long.”

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. Oct. 25.

Senior citizens can register to have their yards raked by contacting Dillon at 312-2880 or Deadline to register is Oct. 21, 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, tarps, leaf bags, gloves or refreshments to help with this sizable volunteer effort.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Cleaning up—On Sunday, Oct. 25, SUNY Oswego student-athletes hope to rake lawns for senior citizens in the city of Oswego as a community-service project. For information or to register for the service, contact Diane Dillon at 312-2880 or Shown helping last year are Laker swimmers and divers, from left, Kyle Lounsberry, Marianne Munson, Kelly Williams, Wojciech Milewski and Nikki Dean.

(Posted: Oct 05, 2009)