For Immediate Release: October 13, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's basketball to team up with Humane Society

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Photo Gallery of Oct. 11 visit
Humane Society Website

VESTAL, N.Y.-- The Binghamton University women's basketball program is teaming up with the Humane Society this upcoming season in an effort to raise funding and awareness for the shelter. Several events are in place for the 2009-10 campaign.

For every win the women's team records this year, head coach Nicole Scholl will pledge $50 to the Humane Society (located at 2 Jackson Street in Binghamton). Bearcat fans are encouraged to pledge or match Coach Scholl's total for each victory. Pledge cards will be available at all home games.

In addition, Binghamton will have a 50-50 drawing at selected women's basketball games with all the proceeds going towards the Humane Society. Furthermore, Binghamton will pick a home game to host a dog and cat food drive to benefit the Humane Society.

For Scholl, her interest in working with pets goes back to her childhood. She grew up on a farm north of Fargo, North Dakota and had plenty of animals to be around during her youth. This past May, Scholl started volunteering with the Humane Society as her way to "give back."

"At an early age I learned the joy and unconditional love that you can experience from having a cat or a dog." "I have always had a soft spot for them and when I saw what the staff at the shelter were doing to give back to the animals there, I was hooked!" "The best part about being involved is when I go there and find out that a dog or cat has gone to their "forever home"."

As Scholl continued to volunteer, she began to consider ways her program could help out the Humane Society.

"I met with Vicki Griffin (the Humane Society President) and we talked about ways that we could possibly help as a program," she said. "I love volunteering but I also thought it would be great for us to help get more information out to the community as well."

"We think it is wonderful that Coach Scholl is so interested in helping us out," Griffin said. "With the support of Binghamton and with Coach Scholl having her team down here (the Bearcats visited the shelter on Oct. 11), it means a lot to us. It helps our staff. It is important to the animals. It's a win-win situation for all involved."

The Humane Society is an independent, non-profit animal welfare organization. It receives no government funding and is dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and finding homes for companion animals. It serves the community by sheltering animals, finding them homes, investigating reports of animal cruelty, educating people of all ages and rescuing animals from threatening situations.

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