NESCAC in the Community - June 17, 2013

NESCAC in the Community - June 17, 2013


Wesleyan Athletes Host Macdonough Students for Recess

April 4, 2013 - Approximately 60 students from Macdonough School in Middletown came to Wesleyan around noon for about an hour of "recess" with a number of Wesleyan student-athletes. This marks the third straight year a local school has participated in recess with Wesleyan student-athletes at Bacon Field House.


Wesleyan Recess
Hamilton Softball Beats Cancer With a Bat

April 18, 2013 - As part of their Senior Day celebrations, the Hamilton softball team looked to "Beat Cancer with a Bat" to raise both awareness and support for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

Hamilton Softball
Hamilton Men's Ice Hockey Volunteers at Special Olympics

April 25, 2013 - Members of the Hamilton's men's ice hockey team volunteered with the Special Olympics in Rome. Team members also volunteered at the first annual Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest on April 13.

Hamilton Men's Hockey
Teams from Amherst, Colby, and Williams "Play for Boston"

April 27, 2013 - Members of the Amherst women's tennis team (pictured) wore blue and yellow ribbons in their hair, while Colby's softball and women's lacrosse teams also wore blue and yellow hair ribbons. The men's and women's tennis teams from Williams, along with the Eph baseball team, also sported blue and yellow on their uniforms and bags to show their support for the NESCAC SAAC "Play for Boston" initiative. NESCAC SAAC created the "Play for Boston" initiative, with teams wearing blue and yellow to show support for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings and surrounding events. Colors were worn during NESCAC championships and throughout the remainder of the spring sports seasons.

Amherst Women's Tennis

Bowdoin Teams "Play for Boston"

April 27, 2013 - Several Bowdoin teams wore blue and yellow to show their support by "Playing for Boston," an initiative spearheaded by the NESCAC SAAC to support those who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings and surrounding events. The men's lacrosse team wore yellow shirts under their jerseys, while the women's lacrosse, softball, baseball, and men's and women's track teams wore hair ribbons or ribbons on their uniforms and bags.

Bowdoin Men's Lacrosse
Amherst Participates in Friends of Jaclyn Race

April 28, 2013 - Over 200 runners and walkers participated in Amherst College's fifth annual Friends of Jaclyn 5k Race in an effort to raise money and awareness for the organization, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Organized by Julien Aoyama, Leah-Grace Cerf and a committee drawn largely from the men’s soccer team, the race drew participants from many of Amherst’s varsity programs as well as dozens of other students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation was started in 2005 by Denis and Lynda Murphy, whose daughter, Jaclyn, had been adopted as an honorary member of the Northwestern women’s lacrosse team while she was undergoing treatment for a malignant brain tumor. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams.

Amherst Coverage

Amherst FOJ Race
Hamilton Swimming and Diving Hosts Special Olympic Athletes

May 3, 2013 - The Hamilton men's and women's swimming & diving teams assisted Special Olympics athletes from Clinton and the surrounding area for eight weeks during the spring. The partnership was in conjunction with the NCAA Division III partnership with Special Olympics. On Wednesday nights beginning on March 6, more than 30 Special Olympians attended 90-minute swim classes at Hamilton's Bristol Pool with student-athletes from the swimming and diving teams. Members of the Clinton Cudas Swim Club also participated.

Hamilton Coverage

Hamilton Swimming & Diving
Connecticut College Teams "Play for Boston"

May 4, 2013 - Many Connecticut College teams participated in the NESCAC SAAC "Play for Boston" initiative including men's and women's track and field, men's lacrosse, sailing, and the men's and women's rowing teams. The rowing teams (pictured) wore blue and yellow ribbons during the New England Rowing Championship.

Connecticut College Rowing
Hamilton Football Coaches Attend Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp

June 2, 2013 - Four Hamilton College football coaches attended the 10th annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp at Lafayette College, where a record amount of more than $104,000 was raised for pediatric brain tumor research. Head coach Andrew Cohen and assistant coaches Bill Spicer, Matt Wright, and Jeff Friedman participated in the camp, which is the primary fundraiser for Lauren's First and Goal Foundation. All proceeds from the event go directly toward the foundation’s mission of supporting pediatric brain tumor research, patient services and families living with the disease. During the one-day camp, nearly 2,100 high school athletes received instruction in a variety of offensive and defensive skills from 316 college coaches from 114 colleges and universities. 

Hamilton Coverage

Hamilton Football
Amherst Partners with "You Can Play"

June 12, 2013 - Amherst student-athletes, coaches, and administrators including Director of Athletics Suzanne Coffey and President Biddy Martin participated in a video for the You Can Play Project, a national effort advocating respect for all collegiate athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. It offers a simple yet profound message: If you can play, you can play. "Amazing student athletes who come to Amherst join a proud tradition of excellence, diversity and tolerance," Coffey says in the video. "No matter what their sexual orientation, they support each other, and they get support from coaches, faculty, fellow students and fans."

Amherst Coverage

Amherst You Can Play
Colby Football's Blue Team Community Completes Spring Events

June 14, 2013 - Blue Team Community, the Colby football program's collective efforts in and around the Waterville community and surrounding New England area has wrapped up the spring semester. In total, Blue Team Community accumulated 611 total volunteer hours from January 1 through the end of the spring semester. Events and activities included a Powder Puff game on campus that supported cancer research at Maine General Hospital in Waterville, the inaugural free youth football camp on Bill Alfond Field, The Relay for Life walk, and participation in Colby Cares About Community Day.

Colby Coverage

Colby Football