GENESEO, N.Y. - On a chilly, overcast Sunday morning, over 400 SUNY Geneseo student-athletes armed with rakes and tarps were dispersed throughout the Village of Geneseo, helping to rake leaves and manicure the yards of senior-citizens in the community.
Led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), student-athletes helped to clear over 50 yards of fallen leaves and debris in an effort to give back to the community that supports them. "It's important for us to be involved in the community because we are so much more than student-athletes," said women's lacrosse senior and SAAC Co-President Emily Young. "It's really important to build that connection between the community and the student-athletes because we don't want to be isolated as a campus, we want to be involved with the people around us."
Student-athletes braved the cold and rain as each team took a different section of the village. Women's basketball and SAAC Representative Nicole Kaczmarczyk added, "I think it's really important to represent Geneseo Athletics by going out into the community and lending help to people who need it and showing our support for them because we appreciate them coming to our games and showing us support, too!"
"We expect our student-athletes to be well-rounded individuals dedicated to being at their best in the classroom, on the field and in the community," said Knights' Director of Intercollege Athletics and Recreation Mike Mooney. "Our annual leaf raking event is one of the many opportunities for our student-athletes to give back to the community during their time here at Geneseo."