Washington, D.C. – The University of the District of Columbia Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, led by president Roque Hernandez and event chairperson Louis Connor, raised 182 lbs of canned food during this year’s SAAC Fights Hunger Event which was delivered to Martha’s Table on Friday, November 22nd.
The 182 lbs shattered not only the mark of 88 lbs set by the SAAC in last year’s first ever Fight Hunger event but also this year’s goal of 100 lbs. Hernandez (Environmental Science – Germantown, MD/Northwest HS), Connor (Health Education – Birmingham, England/Arthur Terry School) and SAAC Advisor Kendra Greene delivered the many heavy boxes of food to Martha’s Table – a D.C. non-profit organization that works to build a better future through healthy food, affordable clothing and quality education.
Boxes for food donations were positioned throughout the campus for a period of about two weeks, including in the athletic center lobby where fans received free entry to select basketball games if they donated a canned good. These fans who donated were also entered into a drawing where three were picked at halftime of the men’s basketball vs. Alderson Broaddus game as the winners of Firebird t-shirts.
“I would personally like to thank all of the SAAC members for their hard work in getting the information out to their respective teams,” Connor said. “Also, on behalf of SAAC, I would like to thank all of the students, student-athletes, staff, parents, and everyone else who was kind enough to donate food or money during the event. Our contributions will go a long way during this time of the year.”
Provided by the District of Columbia Sports Information Department.