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Athletes Lead Campus in 40 Days of Lenten Service

The Notre Dame College community, led by its Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), is pledging 40 days of service throughout the 40 days of Lent.

SAAC and the College’s 22 athletic teams are partnering with campus offices and organizations across campus to conduct at least one fundraising event each day during the Christian season of Lent, observed this year from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Easter Sunday, March 31.

"Being a Catholic institution, we, as student-athletes, really wanted to support our mission. What better way to start engaging in and emphasizing the Catholic tradition, than by having our student-athletes represent the 40 days of Lent,” said Stephanie Glueck, a senior softball player and SAAC president.

In keeping with the spirit of Lent, a season of preparation through prayer, penance and service, the students will engage in a wide variety of campus and community advocacy events and activities that will raise awareness and money for charitable causes.

 “We are excited for this campus-wide initiative, spearheaded by our Student Athletic Advisory Council, for such a wonderful cause,” said J. Scott Swain, Notre Dame athletic director. “This will be a truly unifying event for our Falcon athletes and the Notre Dame College community.”

SAAC’s goal is to raise at least $2,000 to be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the NCAA Division II national charitable organization. The College athletics program completed its transition to Division II in 2012. Service programs also will benefit other aid agencies.

“Not only is this program going to be a huge hit for our campus, but we also are allowing businesses, organizations and individuals off campus to get involved in this project, to show how serious we are about following our institution's mission,” Glueck said. “As a proud student-athlete, I could not be any more excited to get involved by showing that we can really engage ourselves on campus and throughout the Northeast Ohio community."

Highlights of the 40/40 program will include a teddy bear toss during the men’s basketball game on Feb. 23, during which people in attendance will bring stuffed animals to be donated to Ronald McDonald House. Also on Feb. 23, the women’s basketball team, which plays prior to the men, will wear pink socks for breast cancer awareness.  The campaign concludes March 20 with a SAAC Talent Show to benefit Make-A-Wish.

Details on other events are forthcoming.

For more information about the 40/40 program or to sponsor or participate in a day of service, contact Glueck (sglueck09@students.ndc.edu), Jason Baxter (jbaxter@ndc.edu) or Frank Keenan (fkeenan@ndc.edu).