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SUNY Cortland Athletes Help Families in Need of Thanksgiving Meals


On Sunday, Nov. 22, SUNY Cortland student-athletes and staff once again boxed up and hand delivered turkeys and all of the fixings for 17 Thanksgiving meals for needy families in Cortland County.

The 25 men’s and women’s varsity teams each donated one dollar, a total of approximately $800, to purchase the Thanksgiving dinners.

The athletes boxed the meals in the College’s Park Center lobby and delivered the gift baskets to each family’s front door.

“Our student athletes know how fortunate they are to have enough to meet all their needs this holiday season and are grateful to have an opportunity to contribute to the Cortland community,” said Tim Lloyd, a men’s ice hockey team member and senior sport management major from Oswego, N.Y.

Kim Hill, director of the Cortland County chapter of the food pantry, Loaves and Fishes, assisted with identifying the local families who need Thanksgiving dinners.

The State University of New York Athletic Conference has designated November as its Community Service Month and requests that each school member pick its own project. The SUNY Cortland Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) is sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact Michael Discenza, SUNY Cortland athletics coordinator for student services and women’s head golf coach, at (607) 753-4923.