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Binghamton Athletics To Host St. Baldrick’s Event
SAAC and Res. Life to host event for third consecutive year; has raised more than $36,000 in past two years
April 3, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton University athletic department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in conjunction with Residential Life are set to host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising and shavee event for the third consecutive year on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year, over 90 members of the Binghamton University community shaved their heads, collecting over $23,000 for pediatric cancer research.
The event is scheduled to take place on the Events Center concourse during baseball and softball games at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Both the baseball and softball programs will be hosting UMBC in a pair of double-headers beginning at noon.
During each game the student-athletes will be wearing neon-green wristbands 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 again set the bar high for the 2014 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.
Among last year’s 90 shavees were SAAC members who assisted in pulling off a successful event. SAAC vice president Kate Price (softball), who raised $1,400 in 2012 by shaving her head, again surpassed the $1,000 mark after shedding her bright blonde hair. Fellow SAAC members Shawn Needham (men’s lacrosse) and Tyler Deuel (wrestling) also decided to sport the buzz-look while Kaitlyn Martin (women’s soccer) trimmed off 10-inches of her hair for Locks of Love.
Along with the SAAC members, a number of student-athletes from men’s lacrosse, wrestling, softball, swimming and diving and men’s and women’s soccer either shaved their heads or cut their hair for ‘Locks of Love’ in support of St. Baldrick’s. Director of Athletics Pat Elliott and Senior Associate Athletic Director Dennis Kalina also shaved their heads in support of the cause.
SAAC, Residential Life and Alpha Phi Omega were so successful in 2012 when the event raised over $13,000 they were recognized at the Dean of Students Leadership Awards for ‘Excellence in Collaborative Programming.’
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 2013, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation raised over $34,300,000 with more than 55,000 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.
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.