The community is invited to an open skate with the Oswego State men's and women's hockey teams for Holiday Skate with the Lakers, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Marano Campus Center arena to benefit the local United Way.

The annual event will feature holiday music, a visit by Santa Claus, a hockey jersey raffle and concessions provided by Auxiliary Services. Laker hockey players will skate with participants and provide autographs.

Admission is $3 per person. Those interested in renting skates may do so for an additional $3 fee.

"It's always a wonderful time for the community as well as the hockey players who enjoy interacting with fans of all ages," said Diane Dillon, Laker women's hockey coach and the event's founder. "It's a fun time for everybody for a great cause. This is one of many ways our Laker student-athletes give back to our community."

The event also gives back as part of the college's annual State Employees Federated Appeal drive to support the United Way of Oswego County and charities around the world, this year with a $30,000 goal for overall activities. For more information on the college's SEFA/United Way campaign, visit

A parent or an adult guardian must accompany all children under age 17 at all times for this event.

People with disabilities needing accommodations to attend should contact the SUNY Oswego Office of Human Resources at 312-2230 in advance.