Courtesy: Fairfield University

Herd for a Cure Finale Highlights April Community Service Initiatives

Courtesy: Fairfield University
May 05, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield University student-athletes participated in numerous fundraisers and community service initiatives throughout the month of April.  This month's activities included the culmination of Fairfield's year-long “Herd for a Cure” partnership with the Norma Pfriem Breast Center.

At last Friday night's Fairfield men's lacrosse game, Fairfield Athletics presented a check for $1,920 to the Norma Pfriem Breast Center to encompass donations collected and t-shirts sold by the Stags across several sports at home games throughout the 2016-17 academic year. The final donation is expected to eclipse the $2,000 mark after all of the donations and t-shirt sales are tabulated. The check was presented at halftime of the Stags' win over Delaware by Director of Athletics Gene Doris and Vice President for Marketing and Communications Jenn Anderson '97.

Fairfield Lacrosse also hosted its annual Military Appreciation Day doubleheader last month to raise money and awareness for military charities. T-shirts and raffle tickets were sold during both the women's and men's lacrosse games on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium as the Stags collected over $2,600 for the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization which “empowers veterans and the families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.” Fairfield also sold limited edition hats to benefit Operation Hat Trick.

Fairfield Basketball was represented in the community at Roosevelt School in Bridgeport as a part of the Star 99.9 Star Homeroom initiative. Members of both the men's and women's programs spoke to fifth grade students about the importance of dedication and hard work both on the court and in academics.

Fairfield Women's Soccer was also in the classroom this month at Read School in Bridgeport. The Stags had exchanged letters with pen pals at the school, helping students to reach their literacy goals. This month's event saw the Stags meet their new friends in person, wrapping up the initiative with a friendly game of kickball.

On campus, Stags from women's lacrosse, women's basketball, men's soccer, volleyball, tennis and softball participated in Fairfield's annual Relay for Life event. In addition to joining fellow students and University staff in helping to set up the event, the teams combined to raise $2,140 for the American Cancer Society.

Student-athletes from the women's basketball team also joined the town of Fairfield's Walk a Mile in her Shoes event to raise awareness for rape, sexual assault and gender violence prevention.

Fairfield Field Hockey helped to prepare meals for Operation Hope, an organization that serves the local community kitchen and the neighbors in need.

These events are recent examples of the service efforts of all 20 of Fairfield's varsity athletic programs. To date, the Stags have aggregated over 1,000 hours of community service and raised more than $25,000 for various charities and organizations throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

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