COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving programs will show their support for the causes of cancer research and mental health awareness this weekend, while Purple Knight student-athletes will work together to benefit the homeless over the next week during three home events.
On Friday, the women's swimming & diving team hosts Franklin Pierce University and Merrimack College at 5 p.m. for its annual Think Pink meet. The Purple Knights will wear pink T-shirts and caps, and a 50/50 raffle will benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS). Donations will also be accepted. ACS is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Visit cancer.org for more information.
Both the men's and women's swimming & diving squads take on Clarkson University on Saturday at 1 p.m., when they host a Hope Happens Here (HHH) Mental Health Awareness meet. The Purple Knights will don neon green swim caps and purple T-shirts with the HHH logo. HHH promotes mental health awareness and mental well-being among college students, in particular student-athletes. Visit hopehappenshere.co for more information.
Next week, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is helping the institution's Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) collect food items as part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. MOVE will hold on-campus events during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which begins on Saturday, including a food drive all next week in the Alliot Student Center. During the Purple Knights' three home events, fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington, Milton Family Community Center and Williston Community Food Shelf during a food drive SAAC is helping operate.
The food drive will occur at the following events: Men's ice hockey takes on Post University on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Cairns Arena in South Burlington before men's and women's basketball open their Northeast-10 Conference schedules on Wednesday by hosting Southern New Hampshire University for a 5:30 p.m. women's game and a 7:30 p.m. men's contest. In lieu of paying admission at basketball, fans can instead donate three canned or boxed non-perishable food items at the door. There is no admission charge for the ice hockey game. For more information about the local food shelves, visit feedingchittenden.org, miltonfamilycenter.org and willistonfoodshelf.com.