COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College Athletics teams are set to hold special awareness fundraisers for four organizations at five home sporting events this weekend.
The Saint Michael's chapter of student-athlete-run Hope Happens Here (HHH) begins its winter programming on Friday in conjunction with the men's and women's swimming diving teams, with a Mental Health Awareness Meet set for the 5 p.m. contest with The College of Saint Rose in the Ross Sports Center natatorium. The teams will wear special HHH warm-up T-shirts, while members of HHH, which promotes mental health awareness and mental well-being among college students, in particular student-athletes, will be on hand to share information and continue the discussion about mental health. HHH will also host events at men's ice hockey and men's and women's basketball games in the coming weeks.
Women's ice hockey will hold Military Appreciation Games on Friday and Saturday through the Student Veterans of America (SVA), Saint Michael's Chapter. The Purple Knights host Anna Maria College both days at Cairns Arena in South Burlington, at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Saint Michael's student-athletes are donning special camouflage jerseys and socks during the contests, and the SVA will sell black and camo hats and hold a 50/50 raffle on Saturday, with all proceeds supporting the Saint Michael's Military Community Assistance Fund and to establish a scholarship focusing on career opportunities, professional and personal development, and networking for student veterans.
The men's and women's basketball teams will host two awareness events when they take on Adelphi University on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center, with the women tipping off at 1:30 p.m. and the men at 3:30 p.m. While looking to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living, basketball coaching staffs will wear sneakers with their familiar game attire in conjunction with the Jan. 21-27 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week. Student-athletes and coaches from the Purple Knight men's and women's basketball teams will also wear gold shoelaces as part of a Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer event, raising awareness about Go4theGoal, which supports children with cancer.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The program seeks to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living among students, faculty and staff, fans, and the community at large. Participating coaches have helped raise more than $100 million since 1993 to help the ACS save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. Suits and Sneakers is a national Coaches vs. Cancer event and, according to the NABC, by wearing sneakers, participating coaches help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease. For more information about Coaches vs. Cancer, visit here, or to donate directly to the ACS, visit cancer.org.
Go4theGoal, which was founded in 2006, aims to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Go4theGoal provides the best practices to patients, their families, and the hospitals and staff that care for them. For more information, visit go4thegoal.org.