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Binghamton Athletics Raises Over $10,000 For St. Baldrick’s

April 9, 2014

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton University athletics department Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)in conjunction with Residential Life held its third annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraising and Shavee event over the weekend, raising more than $10,000 for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s is a non-profit organization that raises money to fund pediatric cancer research.

A rapidly growing tradition at Binghamton, the St. Baldrick’s event is its third year after an extremely successful first two years. Following the 2012 event, SAAC, Residential Life and Alpha Phi Omega were recognized at the Dean of Students Leadership Awards for ‘Excellence in Collaborative Programming.’ Over the past three years, Binghamton St. Baldrick’s events have raised almost $50,000 for the fight to cure childhood cancer.

“The student-athlete turnover at this year’s event was the best we’ve had in the last three years,” Assistant Director of student-Athlete Development and SAAC advisor Linda Reynolds said. “I’m very proud of all our teams for really coming together and helping support SAAC’s efforts.”

More than 90 participants took part in the event which coincided with baseball and softball doubleheaders at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Among the shavees were members of the Binghamton community, BU students, student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and staff.

Event participant Terri Donovan, who has attended the past two Binghamton St. Baldrick’s events, was the top individual fundraiser accumulating $865. The Binghamton men’s lacrosse team was the top grossing team producing over $2,500 for the event. Cashing in on a deal made with head coach Scott Nelson, if the team surpassed the $2,500 mark Nelson would shave his head.

“For men’s lacrosse, alone, to raise of $2,500 says a lot about the character of those young me and their willingness to give back,” Reynolds continued. “At the same time, the continued support from Residential Life, and unexpected involvement from the Binghamton University Scholars Program, speaks to our campus’ commitment to service.”

Several student-athletes participated in the event shaving their heads or trimming their hair Locks of Love including, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s lacrosse, men’s track and field, wrestling, women’s soccer, softball and volleyball. 

Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and it remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only four percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant funds are critical to continue the battle against the devastating disease.

Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has generated over $127 million research grants, funding more childhood cancer research than any other organization besides the U.S. Government. In 2014 alone, St. Baldrick’s has raised more the $26 million thanks to over 1,000 events and 50,000 shavees.

A special thanks to Cost Cutters for providing their services for the event.

For more information about St. Baldrick’s please visit www.st.baldricks.org or to donate to the Binghamton SAAC and Residential Life event please click here.

 

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