HADLEY, Mass. - Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) from around the NESCAC wanted to play a part in assisting hurricane relief efforts after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria impacted the southern United States, Puerto Rico and Caribbean islands. Collectively, member institutions raised nearly $15,000 through various activities that ranged from setting up donation tables to hosting spikeball tournaments to conducting swim-a-thons.
Middlebury SAAC members and numerous student-athletes staffed donation tables at seven different home athletics events in September. Connecticut College SAAC set up donation tables at the men’s and women’s soccer NESCAC Quarterfinal games hosted by the Camels with proceeds going to the Connecticut College Natural Disaster Relief Committee.
Williams and Wesleyan each hosted campus-wide spikeball tournaments with proceeds going towards hurricane relief. Williams also collected donations that went to Fundacion Communitaria de Puerto Rico at select home games in October.
Bates SAAC collected approximately 300 donations from tables located in the dining hall and at a home football game against Bowdoin in November. A drawing for a gift bag provided by the Bates Bookstore was also held during the game. All funds were donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Colby and Tufts SAACs organized campus-wide swim-a-thons to raise money for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Colby shared donations with Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico. At Tufts, participants swam nearly 750 laps with funds raised going directly to Direct Relief, a medical non-profit organization providing food, water, aid and other necessities to the affected islands.
Trinity students took a different approach by donated meals from their meal plans to support hurricane relief during a week in October.
Photo Credit: Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College