OSWEGO, N.Y. — Oswego State’s 24 NCAA teams kicked off the new school year with a bevy of various community service projects.
All told, Laker student-athletes and coaches supported 22 different community service events or projects in the first two months of the academic year.
Some teams continued their own traditional events, while others found new ways to try to make a positive difference in the community.
For instance, while students were busy moving in to campus in late August, the baseball coaching staff volunteered to assist senior citizens from the Hillsdale Senior Center on their outing to the Great New York State Fair.
Meanwhile, as September began, the softball team once again participated in Cerebral Palsy’s STEPtember campaign, with a goal of raising $500 and awareness.
On Sept. 7, head men’s hockey coach Ed Gosek and a handful of his players competed in the first-ever Celebrities Sync contest, with all proceeds going to pediatric cancer research at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
And while some of the team members showed their talents on stage, others volunteered their efforts outside, serving as valets for the event, which raised more than $25,000.
On Sept. 15, the track and field teams participated in this year’s Stride to SAVE Lives Walk.
The following day, members of both ice hockey teams helped at the annual Rover Run, sponsored by the Oswego County Humane Society.
September 18 was this year’s date for the annual Teal Walk, raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research and the Hope for Heather organization.
Seventeen Laker squads participated this year, as the event raised approximately $1,500.
On Sept. 19, members of the men’s hockey team assisted with the re-build of the playground at Kingsford Park Elementary School.
Three days later, the women’s ice hockey team was in Minoa, NY, to participate in the annual Teal Ribbon Run 5K.
The next day, Sept. 23, members of the swimming and diving teams walked in the ALANA Peace Walk on campus.
On Sept. 29, the wrestling and men’s hockey teams assisted with the annual Buc Boosters 5K.
Team members either ran in the race, helped at water stops, or assisted runners along the course.
September 30 saw the second annual Laker Olympics became a community service event as well as a fun day of competition.
Laker teams were asked to bring non-perishable food donations, and by the end of the day, 285 items weighing 325 pounds had been collected and donated to the Pulaski Community Cupboard and the United Way of Oswego County.
On Oct. 12, members of the track and field teams participated and assisted at the annual Pumpkin Run, sponsored by the Cooper Fitness Center.
This year, proceeds from the event went to the Blessings in a Backpack program.
The following day, the men’s lacrosse team hosted its annual Green/Gold/Pink Game.
In a three-way fall scrimmage with Cazenovia College and SUNY Poly, the Lakers helped raise more than $400 for the Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester.
On Oct. 24, the women’s ice hockey team once again volunteered its time and energy to the St. Paul’s Harvest Dinner, a fundraiser for Trinity Catholic School.
The next evening, members of the men’s hockey team were among the volunteers reading Halloween stories to children in the community at the annual Reading SPOOKtacular at Kingsford Park Elementary School.
The Laker softball team volunteered its help at the Family and Friends Weekend mini-carnival, helping children play safely.
Meanwhile, members of the baseball and women’s basketball teams, as well as others from the Student-Athlete Advisory Council volunteered at the annual Special Olympics bowling event in Fulton.
Between the three groups, more than 50 Lakers were on hand to cheer and support the bowlers, qualifying for the NCAA’s “50 for the 50th Challenge,” celebrating its 50-year partnership with Special Olympics.
October 28 was the date for the first-ever Hotcakes for Hospice fundraiser, which was supported by the men’s ice hockey team as members helped greet, serve, and clear tables at the event.
Finally, Oct. 30 saw members of the women’s ice hockey team similarly helped out at the United Way’s annual Stone Soup Luncheon.
Oswego will continue its efforts throughout the academic year and releases recapping events will come out bi-monthly.
If any organizations or community members need help with an event, please contact community service coordinator Dan Witmer at [email protected]