Jan. 29, 2008
Siena's athletic staff paid a visit to the Albany Ronald McDonald House Tuesday afternoon to prepare a meal for house residents as part of its continuing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities through its Saints in the Community program. Siena president Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M. led the group of volunteers.
"We're so grateful for all that Siena does to help our cause," Debbie Ross the resident house manager said. "The families really enjoy seeing the different teams come through in their time of great need."
For the past three years, all of Siena's sports teams have been involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities at some level: visiting sick children in the intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center, cooking meals at the house and assisting in the annual spring cleaning project and radio telethon.
This was the first time the department staff visited the house as a group.
"We are very proud of our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the good work that our student-athletes do through Saints in the Community," director of athletics John D'Argenio said. "Activism and service are core components to Siena's mission. This was a great opportunity for our staff to experience what our student-athletes have done for the past three years."
The department prepared a Mexican menu that included, tacos, quesadillas, refried beans, taco salad, chips and salsa and chocolate chip cookies.
Following the meal preparation, Ross treated the department to a detailed tour of the house.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. promotes the health, development and well being of children and their families. We accomplish this through the Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, and by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the lives of children and their families.
One of the main objectives of the Siena Athletic Department has always been to remain actively involved in the Capital Region community through its Saints in the Community program. Siena's student-athletes and coaches make numerous appearances in local classrooms and hospitals and volunteer hundreds of hours to help out in local charitable organizations. Additionally, the athletic department has donated thousands of dollars in game tickets, sports camps scholarships and sporting apparel and memorabilia to local charities.