Nov. 17, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - During Saturday's women's basketball game, the Siena community led by members of the faculty and student body are planning to "Stomp Out" homelessness through a special fundraiser. The event takes place during the Saints' game at 2 p.m. against Wagner in the ARC.
"This is a great cause and I'm grateful that Dr. Thurston and his class have used our women's basketball program as a platform to help educate the community on such an important cause," said head coach Gina Castelli. "It is my hope that the Siena community will rally around this event and come out and support our team while also helping us stomp out homelessness."
Students from Professor Paul Thurston's Organization and Management class have been organizing the event called "Siena Stomps Out Homelessness." The group's goal is to have 500 students, faculty, staff, family and friends perform the "cha cha slide" during halftime of the game in order to increases awareness and raise money for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany.
Members of the class have created t-shirts that are currently being sold on campus for $5, with all proceeds going to IPH. T-shirts will continue to be sold throughout the week and at the door of Saturday's game while supplies last. Individuals who purchase a t-shirt and wear it to the game will be able to gain free admission to the game and perform the "cha cha slide" at halftime.
Additionally, the Siena College School of Business has agreed to match all proceeds from the t-shirt sales and encourages fans attending Saturday's game to make donations at the door to help the cause.
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) helps local individuals and families meet their needs by providing services such as a 30-bed emergency shelter, Drop-In Center, housing program and summer youth program.