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SAAC and Wendy’s Walk holds Second Annual Bearcathalon

Student-Athletes, administrators take part in festivities to raise money for local charities

May 15, 2011

SAAC and Wendy’s Walk holds Second Annual Bearcathalon

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VESTAL, N.Y.—The Student-Athlete Advisory Committe (SAAC) executive board held it’s Second Annual Bearcathalon, Friday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Seven teams, composed of student-athletes and members of the athletics department, competed in a ten event competition to raise money for local youth charities. The afternoon of festivities was held in association with Wendy’s Walk for Kids.

“We were very happy with the turn out today,” marketing director for Wendy’s Walk for Kids Debbie Cartie said. “We are truly appreciative of the student-athletes and the athletics department for putting this together. I know our organization will be looking forward to this event next year.”

The SAAC executive board of president Julie Chambers, vice president Jillian Santos, secretary Yusuf Yusuf, treasurers Andrew Marler and Sven Vloedgraven, along with event organizer Lyndsi Worthington worked with the athletics department and local charities to produce a day of festivities that benefited both the student-athlete body and the community. All proceeds of the Bearcathalon will be going to four local non-profit organizations. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Discovery Center, the Magic Paintbrush Project and the Boys and Girls Club will receive donations on behalf of the Bearcathalon.

“It was a beautiful day and everyone had a great time,” Chambers noted. “We want to give a sincere thank you to all those who participated and helped us organize the event. We can’t wait to see the event evolve further next year.”

The Bearcathalon consisted of ten events, a three-legged race, spoon and egg walk, tire flip, hurdles, water balloon toss, flip cup, sack race, trivia, pie pan race and dizzy bat race. Seven teams competed in a single-elimination tournament, with one team racing twice in the first round. The team of Chambers, Yusuf, Marler, Worthington, soccer player Scott Zobre and lacrosse coach Larry Kline outlasted the six other teams.

“The Bearcathalon was an excellent way for our student-athletes to bring the academic year to a close,” said Associate Athletic Director of Student Services Ed Scott. “The event itself was put together by members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with the goal of raising money for Wendy’s Walk to be distributed to local charities. Additionally, the Bearcathlon brought student-athletes, coaches and administrators together for a day of fun, friendly competition.”

Bearcathalon organizers hope to raise money for new charities next year as the event continues to grow. Cartie noted that the Wendy’s Walk foundation will recognize four new organizations to receive the proceeds from next year’s Bearcathalon.

The organizing committee also wanted to recognize the following participating sponsors for their help. Starbucks, Remlik’s, Dillingers, Uncle Tony’s and the Rubber Ducky Car Wash all held a role in helping make the event a success.

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