Stonehill College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was recognized at the Northeast-10 Conference’s annual awards banquet, held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough recently, for its fundraising efforts towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Stonehill SAAC led the NE10’s fundraising efforts by bringing in $6,600 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is the primary charity for NCAA Division II. SAAC held its first Rock-a-Thon, which raised over $6,000, as well as its annual “Into the Bleachers” campaign throughout the academic year, bringing in a total of $6,600 for the year.
The Rock-a-Thon involved six purple rocking chairs and they were constantly in motion on April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members of the Stonehill community, including various departments and athletic teams split time slots throughout the day with the hopes of hosting a Make-A-Wish reveal on campus during the upcoming academic year. The Rock-a-Thon also attracted the efforts of Auburn Middle School, which raised $800 towards the total by selling Easter Egg-Grams.
Stonehill SAAC was led in 2016-17 by chairperson Tommy Farrell (Toms River, New Jersey/Donovan Catholic), from the football team, vice chairperson Joe Santo (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport), from the cross country and track & field programs, and advisor Cindy MacDonald, the College’s senior associate director of intercollegiate athletics.