Dec. 2, 2011
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Basketball in conjunction with classes led by Professor Paul Thurston helped to raise $4,364 for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. The money was raised during the Saints' second annual "Stomp Out Homelessness" game on Nov. 19.
"We are very happy that our women's basketball program could help raise the level of support and awareness for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless," said head coach Gina Castelli. "Our visit to the shelter in early November provided an enriching experience for us all. We are extremely grateful to our Siena marketing students and Professor Thurston who worked tirelessly on this project. It is teamwork at its best!."
The money raised goes directly towards Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless' operating budget as they look to provide essential goods and services to the homeless in the Capital Region. This year's game nearly tripled the amount raised from the inaugural game last season.
"Having the strength and support of the women's basketball team and Professor Thurston's classes and Siena groups such as Beta Gamma Sigma and the 21st Century Leadership Society greatly helps us to do many wonderful things in the community," said Bonnie St. Onge, the Director of Development for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. "The success of this event shows the community what can be done when partners work together to do great things."
During the Saints' "Stomp Out Homelessness" game on Nov. 19, special t-shirts were sold and donations were taken to help raise money. At halftime, a large portion of the crowd on hand came on to the court and danced the cha-cha slide in an effort to demonstrate their commitment to stomping out homelessness.
Prior to the game, players and coaches from the women's basketball team visited Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. The team made a donation of essential items to the facility while also taking a tour and meeting with clients. At the end of the visit, the team also performed the cha-cha slide to help stomp out homelessness.
For more information on the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, visit their website at www.interfaithpartnership.com.