Sacred Heart University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is competing against its NEC peers for a great cause - to raise the most money in the conference for the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. "Money Wars" is a friendly competition amongst the SAAC groups of the 10 NEC member institutions in which each school designates a two-week period to raise the most money for CCRF.
This year, contributions to SHU SAAC's efforts to raise money for CCRF can be made between February 1-15th online, by visiting the team home page at this link. addition, SHU SAAC members will be collecting donations at SHU home events during the same time period, beginning at the February 1st Pack the Pitt Red game.
The money raised goes directly to children and their families battling cancer through three CCRF programs. "The Bear-Able Gifts Program" provides gifts to thousands of children in hospitals throughout the country to lift their spirts during their stay. "The Helping Hands Fund" provides financial assistance to families struggling to pay utility and household bills by making emergency bridge payments so that children recovering from cancer can return to a safe and warm home. "The Camp Scholarship Program" contributes to children in remission reconnecting with friends and activities through a camp of their choice.
"The Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation is all about being supportive and improving the lives of children with cancer and their families," says SAAC Co-President Emily Degennaro. "Knowing that we have the ability to make a positive impact with these kids and their families is one of the most amazing and indescribable feelings. I'm honored to be able to support this great foundation and be able to contribute alongside my fellow student athletes."
Last year, SHU SAAC raised $954.50 towards the NEC's total contribution of nearly $13,650 to CCRF. This year, SHU hopes to challenge Mount St. Mary's, which has won the competition the past three seasons.
In addition to raising funds, student-athlete leaders who attended the annual NEC SAAC meetings in the past have volunteered directly through CCRF by packaging gifts and visiting children battling cancer in hospitals, making this cause deeply personal.