(Fairfield, CT) - The 2012-2013 Women's Ice Hockey team returned to campus this fall ready to make a difference off the ice. Members of the team stepped outside of the arena with enthusiasm and compassion in order to get to the "sacred heart" of the community around them.
This past weekend, the team represented the Sacred Heart Athletic Department at the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure Breast Cancer hosted at Sherwood Island in Westport, CT. Each member of the 30 women roster showed their support by collectively raising close to $200 and sporting pink laces as they walked the two- mile loop with breast cancer survivors and members of the community. It was a great opportunity for the ladies to share hope for survivors and increase funding for cancer research.
A few members on the team have also participated individually to causes around campus. Senior Captain Sarah Delaney, senior Jennifer Hasson, and junior Jennie Robinson are actively involved in SAAC's Dunbar School program. Each player has volunteered more than 10 hours to date in kindergarten classrooms at Dunbar. Their roles include helping students with projects and leading stations during group work. They also get a chance to work individually with different students, an opportunity to get to know the students on a personal level and make a difference in their education. "I enjoy volunteering at the Dunbar School because being a role model for children and encouraging them to succeed and learn is so important to me," said Robinson.
Catherine Chittick, a sophomore, is active in the mentoring program "Sunshine Kids", which is run through campus ministry. Each Tuesday, Chittick and a co-volunteer mentor a young boy from Bridgeport. The children in this program come to campus once a week for two hours. Chittick plays an integral role in teaching, helping her mentor with homework and participating in learning activities with her mentee. "The privilege to have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life is an honor," said Chittick. "Seeing my mentee succeed and watching him grow is such an inspiration."
The Pioneers are looking forward to the upcoming "Skate Away Hunger" event to benefit the Milford Food Bank. The event will take place on November 17 from 11:15am to 12:45pm and November 18th from 1 to 2:30 pm