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Binghamton Participates In CFES/America East Service Day

Student-athletes and local middle school students serve their community

May 3, 2012


Binghamton Participates In CFES/America East Service Day

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – For the second year in a row, Binghamton student-athletes teamed up with West Middle School students in the College For Every Student (CFES) Service Day, an America East-wide initiative. Over 30 BU student-athletes and middle school students joined together for some spring cleaning and yard work at the Danielle House, located across the street from Lourdes Hospital.

“It always great to get out and help your community,” junior soccer player Jake Keegan said. “There have been many opportunities this year to assist a community that does a phenomenal job of supporting us, so its only natural that we do our part to give back.”

The Bearcat student-athletes and middle schoolers served their community by cleaning up the Danielle House, a temporary home for outpatients seeking respite during a medical crisis or medical treatment. Students racked leaves, picked up broken branches, washed windows and enjoyed some pizza on a sunny, but windy Sunday afternoon.

The Danielle House opened in January of 2002 and recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, assisting over 6,000 people during that time. Danielle Stento, the home’s namesake, was critically injured by a drunk driver while attending the University of Buffalo. The family got the idea to create the Danielle House after endless generosity and kindness was shown to them following the tragic incident.

Executive Director and mother of Danielle, Diane Stento, said the house has helped people from all over the world. “Just last week we had someone here from Denmark and we’ve even opened our doors to people from China. But it was truly a delight to see Danielle’s face light up when she saw everybody…I can’t tell you what this means to us.”

College For Every Student is a national non-profit that helps underserved kids attend college. The organization has created college-access partnerships with more than 500 schools across the country serving more than 100,000 students. This is the second year Binghamton University has participated in the program.

“The students know Danielle’s story and why they are here doing a great thing,” West Middle School guidance counselor Amy Wiswell said. “They love working side-by-side with the student-athletes and it gives them a real sense of pride. It truly gives them an opportunity to broaden their horizons.”

Through the CFES community outreach program, BU scholar-athletes serve as mentors to underserved kids at the middle school level. The college-student activities include tutoring sessions, joint community service projects and campus tours that often involve watching collegiate athletic events.

Next week, the West Middle School students will be given a tour of Binghamton’s campus by their student-athlete mentors as the group’s culminating event.

For more information on College For Every Student please visit www.collegefes.org and the Danielle House please go to www.daniellehouse.org.

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