Old Dominion in the spotlight (1/3/2006)


Women's basketball players Tiffany Green and Lawona Davis at the National Down Syndrome Society's Buddy Walk

The Old Dominion University student athletes have opened their hearts over the years with various community service activities as part of the Monarch Reachout program. This year has been no different.

The women’s lacrosse team, headed up by five-time World Cup coach Sue Stahl, joined William and Mary women’s lacrosse team and the University of Virginia, and the U.S. Naval Academy’s Men’s lacrosse teams on October 1st, 2005 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex to raise money to benefit the family of former Virginia player John Driscoll who succumbed to cancer in 2002.

The Lady Monarchs also helped raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims with a Mardi Gras parade featuring the children at Old Dominion’s Child Development Center. During the parade, the team raised money by selling Mardi gras beads to on-lookers.

Women’s basketball, Big Blue and the ODU cheerleaders teamed with the Silver Diner to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Together with the patrons that night, the Lady Monarchs helped raise $500 for the Tidewater affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Lady Monarchs along with the Tidewater Downs Syndrome Association hosted the fourth annual “Buddy Walk” in October. The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to promote awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. It is a wonderful, heart-warming event in which thousands of people from coast to coast and around the world participate each year. The Buddy Walk celebrates October, National Down Syndrome awareness Month, and is sponsored by NDSS, local parent support groups, schools and other organizations. The goal of the walks is to promote understanding and acceptance of people with Down Syndrome.

The rest of the spotlight schedule is as follows:
Jan 9-15 - Towson
Jan 16-22 - Delaware
Jan 23-29 - Hofstra
Jan 30-Feb 5 - NU
Feb 6-12 - Drexel