HIRAM, OHIO -- The Hiram College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) along with help from the entire College community, made the holiday season more memorable for local area families by raising money for the People Tree Sharing Program in Garrettsville, Ohio.
The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce founded the People tree program in 1981 and have since then been helping the less fortunate by providing toys, food, toiletries and other miscellaneous items to 130 families and 189 children in local area communities such as Garrettsville, Nelson, Freedom, Hiram and Windham. The program also assists seniors with prescriptions and gathers household items including furniture and appliances.
Donations have been made from individuals, schools, churches, clubs and other organizatinos to assist those around the holidays and throughout the year.
For one week, members of the Hiram S.A.A.C. gathered meal "swipes" using his or her college I.D. that amounted to $2.85 per swipe. Together the students accumulated over 550 meal donations and generated in incredible $1,618. Nearly 60 percent of the Hiram College community participated in the event.
"The campus responded very well," said S.A.A.C. co-advisor Bob Dean. "And, our student-athletes went above and beyond the call."
"You know, we are very proud of them. But, the reality is, this kind of reaction and move on their part has become 'normal' for our student-athletes....they just do these things."
On Thursday, Dec. 14, members of the student organization presented a check for $1,618 to the coordinators of the People Tree Sharing Program to help the organization continue its work in helping those in need.
- Read Across America Program on February 26th & March 1st. In honor of Doctor Suess's Birthday Hiram College Student Athletes will take to the schools and read to area youths grades K-4. Hiram College Athletes typically participate with Garfield, Crestwood, and Aurora school Districts to promote the importance of reading. The SAAC Committee is looking for 100% participation of our sport teams in this program.
- Student Athlete Appreciation Day- Thursday April 19 SAAC Members will be asked to recruit SA's to participate in the planning of our annual studant athlete recognition day, the event will recognize all of our student athletes, Male and Female Team GPA award winners, the Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the year, and Junior Scholar Athlete of the year, along with the NCAC male and female Scholar athlete of the year award winners. Also included in this celebration will be the unveiling of the new Championship Banners in Price Gymnasium.
Alright, that's alittle bit of what's going on in little Hiram, Ohio. Hope everyone else is doing well and I look forward to seeing more posts about what is happening on other campuses within our conference.