Student-Athletes Come Together for Annual Community Leaf Raking Initiative

GENESEO, N.Y. - On a dreary, rainy Sunday morning, over 400 SUNY Geneseo student-athletes armed with rakes were dispersed throughout the Village of Geneseo, helping to rake leaves and manicure the yards of senior-citizens in the community. 

Led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), student-athletes helped to clear over 50 yards of fallen leaves and debris in an effort to give back to the community that supports them. "It's an important way for the athletes to be able to give back to the community that we're a part of," said Women's Lacrosse senior and SAAC President Rachel Fisher. "Our involvement at Geneseo is about more than just playing our sport."

Student-athletes braved the cold and rain as each team took a different section of the village. Women's Swimming & Diving senior, and SAAC Executive Board member, Kaitlin Doherty added, "It feels good to leave the town in a better condition than we find it when we arrive here, as athletes, as students, and as members of the community."

"Community outreach activities like this are a great way for athletes to create bonds and connections in the community," said Fisher. 

"We expect our student-athletes to well-rounded individuals dedicated to being at their best in the classroom, on the field and in the community," said Knights' Director of Intercollege Athletics and Recreation Mike Mooney. "Our annual leaf raking event is one of the many opportunities for our student-athletes to give back to the community during their time here at Geneseo."