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Dancing with the Athletes – meet the teams

The winning team from Dancing with the Athletes in 2019 poses with their shirts and a poster with the charity they competed for. (Photo credit: Sam Cherubin via Flickr)

Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Vice President Brianna Lawless has helped organize this event and is excited to see it take place once again, especially after last year’s cancellation due to COVID-19. 

“For this event there are seven teams total, made up of two reps per three athletic teams, and a dancer from the dance department,” Lawless said. “Each team gets to choose a foundation or charity they would like to dance and raise money for. The teams are judged by a selection of staff on campus and whichever team wins gets to donate all the money to their selected charity. The only difference this year [in regards to COVID-19] is that the event will be outside on the turf, and not in Tuttle North gym. Each athlete is allowed two guests to come watch the event in person, while everyone else will be able to see it live-streamed on Brockport’s athletics page.” 

“We chose the Ronald McDonald House Charities so that we could help support families of children in the hospital,” Pink said. “We are so excited to perform our dance and are thankful to all those who have donated money to help us support our chosen charity.” 

“We chose Special Olympics because a lot of us had involvement with it through Brockport and think that it is important to give them the opportunity to compete and engage in physical fitness,” Budnick said. 

“After deliberating between multiple charities, our team ultimately decided on ORCA (Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance),” Mello said. “The Brockport Field Hockey Team hosted an ovarian cancer game in the fall of 2019. We sold t-shirts, and fundraised previously with all proceeds being donated to the orca organization. Many teams do games for cancers that closely affect them and their teammates, and our reasoning for choosing an ovarian cancer specific organization was no different. A very close parent and supporter of BFH was lost to ovarian cancer shortly after playing our game in the fall of 2019. With multiple teammates being affected by this specific cancer we wanted to continue the tradition of bringing funds and awareness to a great organization that goes above and behind to help those affected by this disease.” 

“We ultimately decided on the American Heart Association and I was all onboard,” Wegerski said. “About seven years ago my grandma passed away from a failed heart surgery. We were all really close because we lived together all our lives so this cause means the world to me.” 

“We chose the American Cancer Society because almost every person has been affected by cancer in some way, whether it be a family member or friend who has dealt with it,” Rosbrook said. “This foundation gives many different types of services and support for all cancers to those who need it.” 

“Camp Abilities is a program for students with visual impairments and it’s a one on one instruction with many counselors that are studying and have studied in physical education and special education programs,” Petit said. “This program helps students feel more included and get to know each other in social and emotional ways through sports and activities throughout the week. We would love to raise more money so the camp can grow and help more kids have fun and get the chance to meet new people!” 

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