BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (May 1, 2014) – The LIU Post Department of Athletics recently participated in the on-campus Relay for Life event last Friday, and were one of 76 different groups to take part in the 12-hour charity cause. The combined efforts of the student-athletes, coaches and administrators raised over $2,500 to help aid the American Cancer Society.
“We are very proud of our student-athletes for joining different causes to commit to community service,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Bryan Collins (Sayville, N.Y.). “The entire department has been instrumental in helping us to reach our goal of 4,000 hours of community service. The Relay for Life event was a new part of our efforts and was brought to the University by the Student Government Association. We are very proud to have been part of the efforts in this event.”
The Department of Athletics raised an exact total amount of $2,535 in the Relay for Life, which was the third-highest total among all participating groups and organizations. Moreover, the University raised over $50,000 as a whole to donate to the American Cancer Society. The event lasted from 5 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Saturday and opened with cancer survivors and family members of non-cancer survivors leading the participants in a walk that would continue until the end of the event. In addition, participants were encouraged to camp out and enjoy great food, games and an overall fun atmosphere that brought the LIU Post community together as a whole.
“This was a great community event not just for us,” said Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach and SAAC liaison Meghan McNamara (East Northport, N.Y.), “but also for the entire campus as well. Our department put in a great number of hours towards this event because the ACS is a great organization to be a part of. For us, this cause and the fight against cancer truly hit home and we were blessed to participate in the Relay for Life.”
In addition to the department’s success in the event, red-shirt freshman quarterback Matthew Brennan (Sayville, N.Y.) and his friends raised $1,165 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Brennan’s contribution was the most money raised by a member of the LIU Post Athletics “team” and the second-highest total among individual participants. Brennan and his friends supported the walk in honor of his mother, who passed away after a courageous battle against cancer.
“I commend Matt Brennan,” said Collins, “for raising the money that he did along with his friends. Matt is a young man with outstanding character and was truly raised from a good family. He participated in the Relay for Life and walked with a purpose, and we support him and his family through what is a difficult time in his life.”
To learn more about the American Cancer Society and its Relay for Life program, visit www.relayforlife.org. To view the LIU Post Relay for Life page, click here.