Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:05

2018 Lakers Break Community Service Record

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During the 2017-18 academic year, Oswego State Athletics set a new record for its most community service projects and events supported with 75. The 24 teams finished strong during the spring semester, highlighted by a particularly busy April.

The final three months' efforts started off on March 3, when the men's ice hockey team hosted an Open Skate For The Kids, raising money and awareness for their annual For The Kids event later in the spring.

On March 6, the men's soccer team manned a table advertising the 12th annual St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser, handing out information about the organization, offering registration, and selling t-shirts in the Marano Campus Center. About two weeks later, on March 22, the men's and women's track and field and cross country teams took their turn manning the St. Baldrick's promotional table, too.

Five days later, the men's ice hockey team doubled down with a Bowl For The Kids event, again raising money and promoting their April headline event. That same night, the team hosted a For The Kids Party to continue raising money and awareness.

The next day, the men's lacrosse team hosted a St. Baldrick's game as they faced Utica College. Donations were accepted and goodies were distributed, as members of one of the top fundraising teams – including Laker lacrosse alums and a father of a 14-year old currently fighting cancer – were in attendance.

The men's ice hockey team manned a For The Kids promotional table at the Marano Campus Center on Mondays every week over March and April leading up to their April 28 event. Also throughout March and April, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams provided lessons to Special Olympics competitors in preparation for the district-wide competition later in April.

To celebrate NCAA Division III week (April 2-8), 15 Laker head coaches participated in a first-ever Coaches in the Classroom program, joining their student-athletes in various classes in an attempt to nurture stronger connections between academics and athletics.

Also that week, on April 6, the Laker softball team hosted a Staff Appreciation Game, and collected food items that were later donated to the Human Concerns Center of Oswego.

On April 7, the women's soccer team braved frigid temperatures as they volunteered to man water stations and serve as course stewards for the annual Autism Task Force 5K in downtown Oswego.

Later that day, members of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams participated in the annual Relay for Life in the Campus Center, raising donations for the American Cancer Society.

On April 15, members of the Laker men's soccer and men's lacrosse teams – as well as their coaches – "Braved the Shave" at the 12th annual St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser for childhood cancer research. The event raised more than $75,000, the fourth highest total in 12 years. Helping out at the event were members of the field hockey team as well as the men's and women's track and field teams.

Less than a week later, the softball team wore bright gold shoelaces as they "Laced Up for Pediatric Cancer" and collected donations for the Go 4 the Goal organization.

On April 21, Laker Hall hosted Special Olympics competitions, and members of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams, men's and women's basketball teams and Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) were on hand to coach and cheer on the participants.

April 23 was the date for the third annual Yards for Yeardley Walk, and Laker student-athletes participated in the walk around campus to help support the One Love Foundation and bring greater awareness to safer and healthier relationships.

On April 27, members of the men's ice hockey team helped relocate the library of the H. Lee White Maritime Museum, moving books, materials, and archives from the McCrobie Building to a new location.

The next day, the men's ice hockey team hosted its annual For The Kids benefit, a fundraiser for the Children's Advocacy Center of Oswego County. Joining forces with the DKK fraternity, organizers not only raised essential funds, but also raised awareness of the CAC and the services it provides. For The Kids events have raised more than $50,000 to help the children and families of Oswego County.

On May 5, members of the men's and women's tennis teams spent time helping with a spring clean-up at Camp Hollis, a county-owned facility for children located in the Town of Oswego.

The same day, next year's captain and assistant captains of the men's ice hockey team helped serve pancakes, eggs and sausage at the first-ever St. Baldrick's Breakfast at the Oswego Community Alliance Center. The three team leaders also stayed to help store tables and chairs.

Altogether, the 24 Laker teams contributed toward a record 75 community service events or projects over the course of the 2017-18 school year, shattering the previous record of 60 events. Many Laker teams continued to support causes they have helped with in the past, while others took part in events for the first time.

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