As part of the ‘Cuse Cares program, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (S.A.A.C) partnered with the Office of Engagement Programs at Hendricks Chapel on their annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. The purpose of the drive is to assemble baskets with important Thanksgiving ingredients to distribute to those in the community who cannot afford them. Watch more here.
Teams including softball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, volleyball, the dance team and the cheerleaders all collected items and helped to assemble baskets that were distributed throughout the Syracuse community.
The ‘Cuse Cares Community Service Program, created in 1999, immerses Syracuse University student-athletes and coaches in the community. For the past 12 years the student-athletes have won the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service and Community Engagement, given annually to Syracuse University students and student organizations that exemplify the highest ideal of sustained, quality service to the Syracuse community. Orange student-athletes and coaches are involved in various community projects, including the Verizon Foundation’s Literacy Program, the United Way Success by Six ‘Bring on the Books’ campaign, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Vera House, the Salvation Army, the Nottingham Retirement Center, the VA Hospital, and Coaches vs. Cancer.