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JMU student-athletes sending clothes off to the Salvation Army

Annual Holiday Clothing Drive 2005

From November 28 thru December 13, 2005, Student-Athletes hosted the annual holiday clothing drive. Clothes collected from the drive were donated to the Salvation Army of Harrisonburg, Va. Special thanks go to the entire James Madison University Athletic Department.

Shoe Box Gift

This year student-athletes of James Madison University had the opportunity to provide gifts to First Step A Response to Domestic Violence Inc, a domestic violence shelter in Harrisonburg, VA. First Step houses 17 people (adults and children) at any given time. The shelter has limited resources and tenants often arrive with very few possessions. Student-Athletes filled shoe boxes with toys, special treats, personal grooming and hygiene products as gifts for the holidays. Gifts were brought to the Student-Athlete Services Department from November 30-December.15, 2005. Special thanks go to Women’s Tennis, Volleyball, and the staff of Student-Athlete Services.

Student-Athlete Social

The Student Athlete Advisory Council of James Madison University held its annual social for JMU Student-Athletes on Wednesday October 19, 2005, in the Convocation Center. This event features a dinner, games, entertainment, and t-shirts which promote the concept of “Dukes Supporting Dukes”. The Student-Athlete Social is the one time during the year that all 28 sports at JMU have the opportunity to be together in a social setting.

CAA Blood Drive Challenge 2005

James Madison University held their CAA Blood Drive Challenge, “Dukes Have Heart” on Thursday October 13, 2005 with the help of Virginia Blood Services. We received great support from our university president, Dr. Linwood Rose, the campus community as well as the athletic department. For the 4th Annual Blood Drive Challenge, James Madison University collected 114 pints. James Madison University exceeded their goal of 50 pints and the amount collected from the previous year which was 39 pints. This was the most successful CAA Blood Drive Challenge for James Madison University, and we look forward to a greater success next year. Special thanks go to the Student Duke Club, Alpha Kappa Psi and the student body of James Madison University.

Children’s First Fair

The Children’s First Fair is a large safety education event for children, ages 0-14 in the Harrisonburg Community. This event was held Saturday, September 3, 2005 from 11am-3pm on the Rockingham County fairgrounds. Athletes volunteered at a variety of booths which featured safety education, recreational activities and concessions. Special thanks go to the following teams of James Madison University: Men’s and Women’s Archery, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, Women’s Track and Field and Wrestling.

Hurricane Relief Fundraiser

As reported in the “Madison Magazine”, James Madison University Athletics joined forces with three local media outlets to collect donations for hurricane victims at the season opening football game on September 3, 2005. JMU Men’s Basketball players assisted in collecting more than $5,700 at the game. All of the money collected was donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

“StrikeOut Cancer” Game

On April 23, 2005, the Softball team of James Madison University hosted their annual “StrikeOut Cancer” game to raise money for the American Cancer Society. By accepting donations and hosting a silent auction for an autographed softball, the team raised $1,200, twice the amount raised in 2004. This program, run through the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), features the tradition of having a cancer survivor throw out the first pitch of the game. This year’s honoree was Ernestine H. Goode, a JMU alumna and grandmother of junior outfielder Katy Schray.