Men’s soccer standout Jannis Opalka entertains a youngsterduringhis team’s visitwiththeColonie Shooting Stars, a local organization that teaches special-needs children the value of friendly athletic competition and staying active. Several athletic teams visited with the Shooting Stars this past year, and the group put on a halftime demonstration during a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at the TimesUnion Center in January.
Men’s basketball point guard Rakeem Brookins shares a storywitharea youthas part of Siena’s Adopt-A-School program. Membersof theSienamen’sandwomen’s basketball teams visitedBrighter Choice School for Boys, Delaware Community School, Mont Pleasant Middle School andSt.Ma
ry’sAcademy, reinforcingthe valueofeducationandtheimportance of setting big goals.
Men’s basketball coach Mitch Buonaguro was one of 10 Division I head coaches recognized at Yankee StadiumforhisworkwithCoachesvs.Ca
ncer.Buonaguroandhiswife, Suzin, co-hostedthe annualCoaches vs. Cancer BasketBall in November at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. The event raised close to $200,000 for the ight against cancer. Several sports teams hosted Coaches vs. Cancer fundraisers, and the athletic department donated close to $5,000 toward the ight against cancer this past year.
Members of the women’s tennis team lend a hand at the Northeast Regional Food Bank, helping stock the warehouse. The athletic department’s partnership with the Regional Food Bank extended to the basketball program aswell.Th
is year’s annual food drive at themen’s game versus Iona raised close to 700 pounds of food (over $1,000 worth) for the food bank. Additionally, as part of the department’s partner- ship with Dunkin’ Donuts, 500 pounds of coffee ($4,000worth)was donated after the season.
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