Tara Kent Uses Talents Off the Ice to Help Those in Need

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Junior Tara Kent of the Sacred Heart women's ice hockey team will spend her spring break as one of six SHU nursing students travelling to Guatemala in an effort to provide medical attention to those in need.

Kent, a forward from Glenview, Ill., and her teammates will close the 2010-'11 season at the ECAC Open Tournament this weekend, but for her the mission will be just beginning.  She and her classmates, all junior nursing majors, are collecting medical supplies to provide for the children and adults of Guatemala who have never received medical aid in their lifetime.  This medical mission trip will take place between March 5 and March 12 and the students will visit Guatemalan health clinics and malnutrition centers as they aim to give as much medical assistance as possible.

The six nursing majors are seeking contributions of the following items to bring down to Guatemala with them:

- Children's vitamins
- Children's Acetaminophen
- Infant Acetaminophen
- Children's Motrin
- Adult Ibuprofen
- Adult Acetaminophen

Supplies can be dropped in a box at the office of Student-Athlete Support Services outside Senior Associate Athletic Director Lucy Cox's office.  The office is located on the second floor of the William H. Pitt Center.

The impact of the Sacred Heart community has the ability to impact the lives of thousands of Guatemalans.  Other items that could go a long way include toothburshes and toothpastes for children and adults.

For more information contact Tara via e-mail at kentt@sacredheart.edu with any questions.