Release: September 12, 2011
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men's lacrosse raises $1,500 for 9-11 Relief Fund
take part in campus-wide "Walk to Remember"
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Members of the Binghamton University Men's Lacrosse
Team spent Sunday afternoon honoring the 10th anniversary of
the September 11th attacks. The entire team took part in the
university's "Walk to Remember," which paid tribute
to those who lost their lives a decade ago. Furthermore, student-athletes
on the team, as well as their families, raised over $1,500 for
the 9-11 Relief Fund during the event.
The attacks of September 11, 2001 have had a direct effect upon
the BU men's lacrosse program. One of the players lost their
father, who was in the South Tower when United Flight 175 crashed
"When we heard about the Walk to Remember, everyone wanted
to take part in it," senior defender Ryan Button said. "It
has affected our program directly and we wanted to give back
to the many other people that were affected by that day."
Button and the other seniors on this year's team were in sixth
grade when the attacks happened. In the decade since then, those
players have graduated from high school and are closing in on
earning their bachelor's degree. All of them, however, have vivid
memories of a day that happened more than half their lifetime
"For me, that day was surreal," senior attack Nick
Marshall said. "I remember sitting in class and there was
an announcement over the loudspeaker." Marshall said. "No
one could believe it. The teachers were trying to help anyone
who was having a hard time understanding what had happened."
This past Sunday, the men's lacrosse team not only took part
in the Walk to Remember, but had a booth nearby taking donations
for the 9-11 Relief Fund.
Their booth had a display honoring the passengers of United Flight
93, which overpowered the terrorists who were determined to crash
that plane into the Capitol or White House in Washington D.C.
The Bearcats also had a collage dedicated to the parent of the
men's lacrosse student-athlete who died in the attacks.
This year's men's lacrosse team has 12 freshmen and with fall
practices only starting last week, the players are still getting
to know each other. Sunday's event, however, gave the Bearcats
a chance to becoming closer as a group away from the playing
"Today was a good way to show the newcomers on our team
that we care about more than just playing lacrosse," senior
defender Ben Waldron said. "We put a lot of work into our
academics and we try and help out on campus and in the community
whenever we can."