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CAA SAAC To Conduct Inaugural CAA Food Drive Challenge

Feb 8, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

The Colonial Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will hold its first conference-wide Food Drive Challenge this winter. The project not only provides an opportunity for student-athletes to compete in a non-athletic realm across campuses, but also allows institutions to address the need for donated food throughout their communities in an effort to stop hunger.

“The CAA Food Bank Challenge is another example of our student-athletes donating their time and energy to make positive contributions on campus and in the community,” said CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager. “We hope people will support their efforts and contribute to this worthwhile initiative to help fight hunger.”

Institutions have partnered with local food bank organizations and designated one day during the spring term, most in conjunction with athletics events, to collect nonperishable food items for the “competition”.  A winner will be determined based on the number of pounds of nonperishable food collected by each institution. Monetary donations will be accepted and converted into pounds of food at a consistent rate as well. The CAA will announce the winner in March and CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager will present the winning institution with a trophy.

The idea for the challenge was developed during the CAA SAAC Leadership Summit last November. The student-athletes wanted to adopt a new community service initiative to participate in as a conference. For the past 11 years, the conference has successfully conducted the CAA Blood Challenge each Fall, which has resulted in nearly 37,000 units of blood.

The CAA Food Drive Challenge dates and home athletics events for each campus are as follows:

Feb. 13, 2013 — William and Mary — Men’s Basketball vs. UNCW @ 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 15, 2013 — James Madison — Campus Collection – Dorms & Athletic Perf. Ctr.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Hofstra — Women’s LAX vs. New Hampshire @ 11 a.m.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Hofstra — Men’s LAX vs. Sacred Heart @ 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 16, 2013 — Hofstra — Men’s Basketball vs. Towson @ 4 p.m.

Feb. 21, 2013 —Drexel —Women’s Basketball vs. George Mason @ 7 p.m.

Feb. 23, 2013 — George Mason — Men’s Basketball vs. William & Mary @ 4 p.m.

Feb. 23, 2013 — Northeastern — Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Providence @ 7 p.m.

Feb. 23, 2013 — UNCW — Baseball vs. Lehigh @ 2:00 p.m.

Feb. 23, 2013 — UNCW — Men’s Basketball vs. Delaware @ 7 p.m. 

March 2, 2013 — Towson — Softball vs. Iona @ 12:45 p.m.

March 2, 2013 — Towson — Women’s LAX vs. Loyola (Md.) @ 1 p.m.

March 2, 2013 — Towson — Men’s Basketball vs. Hofstra @ 4 p.m.

March 2, 2013 — Towson — Women’s Basketball vs. W&M @ 6:30 p.m.

March 3, 2013 — Delaware — Women’s Basketball vs. Drexel @ 3:30 p.m.