Coming off their Centennial Conference championship season and NCAA tournament Elite Eight appearance, Red Devil’s men’s lacrosse came together last week to take on a totally different kind of challenge. Hosting the 13th annual Volleyball-a-Thon, the squad enlisted help from around campus to surpass their $5,000 fundraising goal for the Red Cross, closing the portal with $6,019 raised.
“The event has become a rite of passage for our team every fall and something we enjoy doing together,” says Head Coach Dave Webster, noting that members of men’s basketball and soccer; women’s lacrosse, field hockey and club women’s soccer; Delta Nu; and others came out to make the event a success. “Our team mission is to embrace the challenge of being the best program in college lacrosse and to pursue excellence in all that we do, on and off the field.”
After taking on the men's lacrosse team on the volleyball court, the women's team takes a break.
The event is a tradition that finds the sand volleyball court on the Lower Quad seeing action for 24 straight hours every fall. This year, from 5 p.m. on Sept. 28 until 5 p.m. on Sept. 29, more than 125 students participated individually and as teams, and many local restaurants contributed food for the event.
Men’s lacrosse has a history of putting in extra effort for philanthropic initiatives, and 2018 has been a banner year. The Volleyball-a-Thon follows the team's 2018 victory in a national fundraising challenge put on by the HEADstrong Foundation, an organization focused on partnering with sports teams and volunteers to support those affected by cancer. In that fundraising push, the Red Devils secured $8,726 in support, the highest total of any program in the campaign and more than $5,000 above the team’s goal.
“It’s inspiring and heartwarming to see Dickinson students step up year after year to support the Red Cross mission,” says American Red Cross Mid Central Chapter Executive Director Hope Roaten. “The donations raised through this tournament will help provide families help and hope when it's needed most.”
Published October 5, 2018