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Towson's swimming team raised $32,000 for the American Red Cross at the Laps-4-Life event
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Members of PAWS, Proud Athletes Who Serve, (Towson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) and their respective athletic teams joined forces with Towson’s Department of Recreation and Club Sports to bring “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” to campus. The project, which provides free lemonade in exchange for donations to support pediatric cancer research, has raised more than $1,300 during the fall semester. Student-athletes from the men’s lacrosse, swimming and diving, gymnastics, field hockey and men’s golf, women’s tennis and cheerleading teams manned lemonade stands at various athletic events, including soccer, football and volleyball contests. The student-athletes have noticed the overwhelming and compassionate response in support of this cause when they work the stands.
“People would come up and ask what we were doing,” said Todd MacMullan, a member of the men’s lacrosse team. “When we explained what the stand is for, they were more than willing and eager to make donations.”
The Tigers will continue to hold collect donations with “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” during the spring semester.
Maryland Senior Olympics
When the Maryland Senior Olympic Games comes to Towson University each fall, the student-athletes and staff are eager to help. The swimmers and divers coordinate all the aquatic events for the Senior Olympics, including scoring and timing and award distribution. The track & field team helps officiate and time the running events. The student athletic trainers are also on hand to provide first aid and assist the competitors.
The Towson University men’s and women’s swimming and diving program raised in excess of $32,000 for the American Red Cross during their Laps-4-Life event on Sept. 10, 2005 to help support the families affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Tigers’ team, coaches and alumni swam 200 laps in two hours and received pledges and donations from the Towson community.
“It was an outstanding display of the University community and the local Towson community coming together in support of a great effort,” Coach Pat Mead said. “We did the laps, but it’s the caring and generosity of the community that made this event such a success.”
Hurricane Katrina Relief
The swimming and diving program was not the only group to be involved in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s basketball all made donations to the American Red Cross. PAWS along with the entire athletic department, collected clothing and other items for the student-athletes from the University of New Orleans, Tulane and other Conference USA schools affected by the disaster. Towson collected 307 pairs of shorts, 232 t-shirts, 22 long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, 25 pairs of pants, 27 polos, 8 dress shirts, 19 pairs of running gloves, 16 pairs of sneakers and cleats and many pairs of socks that were shipped to those in need.
Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Run and the Race For The Cure
For the third-straight year, the women’s lacrosse team participated in the Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Run, which benefits the Aikens Children Trust Fund. The event is in memory of Loyola College (Md.)’s former head women’s lacrosse coach who died at age 40 from inoperable brain cancer. Many other student-athletes also participate in the Race for the Cure every year.
One of the most stressful days of the year for any college student, freshman and senior alike, is the day late in August when they pack up all their belongings and move into the dorms. The Towson University football team does its part in providing a "lift" to those in need.
With limited parking and a very hilly campus, moving into the dorms can be a long and tiring process, especially if you don't bring the entire family along to lend a hand. Head Coach Gordy Combs and his football team take two hours out of their preseason workout routine to offer a friendly smile and more importantly a helpful hand.
"My husband couldn't get off work today to help so it's just me and my daughter moving all this stuff," said one grateful freshman mom. "We pulled up to Scarborough Hall and four huge guys in uniforms walked up and said 'can we help?' I couldn't thank them enough!"
While it’s a great way to help out those in need, the football is hoping that their generosity comes back around.
"By having our guys get out there and lend a hand, I hope they make a connection with a student or a parent and in return they come out to our games," explained Coach Combs. "The students can put a face with a number and say 'Hey, I know that guy' and maybe they'll come out and help pack the stadium."
CAA Blood Challenge
Towson University held its third-annual CAA Blood Drive Nov. 21 with more than 100 student-athletes volunteering and many more out-of-season athletes and athletic staff donating blood. Student-athletes helped with pre-registration, registration and provided snacks to the donors. Towson came in fourth in the CAA Blood Drive Challenge with 385 donors and 263 units of blood collected.
Student-athletes and coaches from a variety of teams conducted sports clinics in the fall. Volleyball, field hockey and men’s and women’s basketball conducted skills clinics for a variety of youth teams. The football team held a clinic for Towson’s international students, introducing them to a sport many had never seen.