President's Report Masthead
June 30, 2013

Community outreach

Women’s lacrosse team works with special needs children at Magic Paintbrush Project

Binghamton University athletics and the Magic Paintbrush Project combined forces once again to provide an elementary school class with a day of fun and excitement through the creative and innovative ‘Paint with the Players’ workshop. The women’s lacrosse team visited the special education class of the displaced Owego Elementary at Union-Endicott’s Thomas J. Watson elementary school during the final week of classes.

Spearheaded by senior captain Kristin Pennino, who interned with the Magic Paintbrush Project, the women’s lacrosse team was determined to find a class to conduct a ‘Paint with the Players’ workshop with before the semester was over. When Magic Paintbrush Workshop Coordinator Maureen Yacyncych suggested Trish O’Neill’s special education class at Owego Elementary, who was displaced because of the 2011 flood, a perfect match was created.

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BUAC holds 24th Annual Bearcats Golf Classic

The Binghamton University Athletic Club (BUAC) hosted its 24th annual golf tournament at the Links at Hiawatha Landing in June. The goal of the event was to raise money for the general scholarship fund and over 230 individuals took part in the event. That marks an increase of 40 participants from the 2012 tournament.

The support was just as solid in terms of corporate partners, with nearly 53 organizations sponsoring the event. The major sponsors included Andrew R. Mancini & Associates, Sodexo, Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LeChase Construction, Wells Fargo, Time Warner Cable, Clark Patterson Lee and the Binghamton University Bookstore.

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Athletics raises more than $22,000 for St. Baldrick’s

The Binghamton University athletic department held a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraising and Shavee Event for the second straight year over the weekend, eclipsing last year’s total by more than $8,000. St. Baldrick’s is a non-profit organization that raises money to fund pediatric cancer research. In 2012, the Binghamton Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in association with Residential Life and Alpha Phi Omega raised over $13,000. On Saturday, the group surpassed that number by collecting $22, 018 in donations from 90 shavees.

“I’m thrilled with the outcome of this year’s event,” Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development and SAAC Advisor Linda Reynolds said. “To raise nearly $10,000 more than we did last year is a testament to how these types of events can build over time and really bring together the Binghamton community.  Not only did our student-athletes and staff get involved, but general community members as well.”

Building off of last year’s momentum when SAAC orchestrated their first-ever St. Baldrick’s event, the three Binghamton student organizations decided on a goal of $21,000 for this year’s event - $1,000 for each of the Bearcats’ 21 sports teams. With the help of over 90 shavees and the greater Binghamton community the event succeeded in reaching its goal.

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