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Binghamton Athletics To Host St. Baldrick’s Event This Weekend

April 9, 2013

Binghamton Athletics To Host St. Baldrick’s Event This Weekend

Binghamton Athletics Event Site

St. Baldrick's Foundation Site

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton University athletics department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in conjunction with Residential Life and Alpha Phi Omega are set to host the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising and shavee event for the second year in a row on Saturday, April 13 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year over 100 members of the Binghamton University community shaved their heads, collecting over $13,000 for pediatric cancer research. 

The event is scheduled to take place during baseball, softball and men’s lacrosse games at the Bearcats Sports Complex between the baseball and softball fields. Baseball will be opening its brand new stadium in a doubleheader against SUNY rival Albany at 1 p.m. while softball welcomes Maine for a pivotal conference matchup at noon. The men’s lacrosse team concludes the day’s events by hosting Hartford at 1 p.m.

During each game the student-athletes will be wearing neon-green shoelaces in recognition of the St. Baldrick’s event. Volunteers will also be selling green wristbands and raffling off St. Baldrick’s t-shirts to fans in attendance. Shaving services will be provided by Cost Cutters.

This year the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has set the bar high for the 2013 event establishing a goal of $21,000, which will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. SAAC is encouraging each one of Binghamton’s 21 intercollegiate sports teams to raise at least $1,000 to assist in reaching the goal. Student-athletes can participate by becoming a shavee, volunteering, or donating money towards their favorite team. 

Last year, student-athletes such as softball player and SAAC vice president Kate Price, runner Jeff Martinez, men’s lacrosse player Shawn Needham, head track and field coach Mike Thompson as well as several members of the wrestling team helped the first Binghamton Athletics St. Baldrick’s event be a huge success by shaving their heads.

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SAAC, Residential Life and Alpha Phi Omega were so successful they were recognized at the Dean of Students Leadership Awards for ‘Excellence in Collaborative Programming.’ To date, the trio of student organizations has already surpassed last year’s total, raising over $14,000.

St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.  St. Baldrick’s funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization in the nation besides the U.S. government.

In 2012, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation raised over $33,500,000 with 56,284 shavees in over 1,000 events. Following the success of last year, St. Baldrick’s has raised over $100 million in childhood cancer research grants since 2005.

Those who do not wish to shave off all their hair will have the option to donate trimmings to Locks of Love. At last year’s event, former SAAC president Julie Chambers, runners Ashley Horton and Kerri Valero as well as women’s tennis coach Libby McGovern chopped off 11 inches of their hair for the charity.

To sign up to become a shavee or volunteer, or to make a donation to this event please click here. All proceeds go directly to the St. Baldrick’s foundation. To learn more about St. Baldrick’s or sign up for a future event please click here.

In case of rain the event will be moved indoors to the lobby of the Events Center.

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