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BU scholar-athletes participate in College For Every Student Service Day
Student-athletes give up their Saturday morning for spring cleaning at Danielle House
April 15, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y.—In a America East-wide intiative, Binghamton University student-athletes teamed up with West Middle School students in the College For Every Student (CFES) Service Day, last weekend. Over 30 BU student-athletes and middle school students joined together for some spring cleaning at the Danielle House, located across the street from Lourdes Hospital.
“Feeling like you’re making a difference even if it’s one day is great,” junior kickline member Julie Kash stated. “This was just a wonderful opportunity to help out the kids and the Danielle House as well as give back to our community”
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 Saturday afternoon.
“The community does so much by supporting us during our athletic endeavours, it feels good to give back,” senior men’s soccer player Yusuf Yusuf said. “By coming together with CFES and helping out the community it reflects positively on the University.”
The Danielle House opened in January of 2002 and has welcomed over 4,000 visitors in its nine-year existence. 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.
“It just warms my heart seeing the youth get involved,” founder of Danielle House, Diane Stento said. “It’s truly a compliment to Danielle and what she has accomplished.”
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 first year Binghamton University has participated in the program.
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 a collegiate athletic event.
Binghamton student-athletes and CFES will return to the Danielle House at a later date to plant flowers and complete their efforts from this past weekend.