Health Partners Foundation Helps AC Donate 40 Gifts to Boys and Girls Club

By Laura Zito

This weekend we were able to deliver 40 wrapped presents to members of the Boys and Girls Club of Easton thanks to the generosity of the Health Partners Foundation. Members of Athletes C.A.R.E. delivered the presents that were kindly donated through the foundation to the excited children of Easton. Athletes C.A.R.E. has enjoyed a strong relationship with the B&GCE, through our P.A.W.S. (Pairing Athletes with Students) program where we connect members of the club to members of Athletes C.A.R.E. as pen pals and our Easter Egg Hunt we are thrilled to be able to provide these presents and instill the holiday giving spirit in the members of the club. 

Alan Flannigan of Athletes C.A.R.E. Delivering Presents to the boys & Girls Club of Easton

Alan Flannigan of Athletes C.A.R.E. Delivering Presents to the boys & Girls Club of Easton

The Health Partners Foundation is part of Health Partners Plans, who offers comprehensive health care through groundbreaking medical plans. The Foundation strives to serve the communities they sponsor by supporting local organizations like Athletes C.A.R.E. and the Boys and Girls Club of Easton. In October, Athletes C.A.R.E. was honored to accept The 2016 Health Partners Foundation Community Transformation Award. Every year this award is presented to a local organization working to make a difference in their communities. It was a fantastic event for us to be able to participate in and we are looking forward to .continuing to work with Health Partners Plans in the future to better our communities.

Members of Athletes C.A.R.E. Accepting the Health Partners Foundation Community Transformation Award

Members of Athletes C.A.R.E. Accepting the Health Partners Foundation Community Transformation Award

Camp Out for Hunger

By Bella Maita

This week, Philadelphia station 99.3 WMMR proved that radio during December does more than play holiday music.  The local rock station hosted “Camp Out for Hunger”, a food drive that took in 683 TONS of food this year!  Through a business challenge, prizes, and events like Monday Night Football, concerts, and comedy nights, Camp Out for Hunger involved people throughout Philly.  Radio hosts Preston Elliot and Steve started Camp Out for Hunger in 2009 with a simple outdoor broadcast, but over the years Camp Out for Hunger has grown exponentially.  Now the drive is the largest in the nation!  Camp Out for Hunger embodies all of Athletes CARE’s values; it brought together a community for a fabulous cause: helping out those who are needy.  Congratulations to Preston and Steve for a successful food drive and Happy Holidays from Athletes CARE!

The Season of Giving

By Tali Dressler

The holidays are coming and the season of gift giving is upon us! This year, the women’s lacrosse team decided to use something that we get every year and in turn, find a way to give back to the community and do something positive. Kayla Guerin, a sophomore on the lacrosse team and a member of Athletes C.A.R.E. told us about a charity called Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization who aims to provide spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Samaritan’s Purse started in 1970 and since then they have been helping people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine ( One of the projects that Samaritan’s Purse organizes is called Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and crafts to children who are victims of poverty, famine, disease, or disaster.


Because our lacrosse team gets new turfs/cleats every year we always end up with many empty shoe boxes. After Kayla told us about Operation Christmas Child, we decided it would be a great charity for our team to support. Anyone who wanted to could use their empty shoebox to fill and send to Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child. The holidays can be a hard time for people who don’t have the extra money to buy gifts, and for young children who see other people around them receiving many gifts. It is important to remember how lucky we are and to always think of ways that we can help others in need, especially as athletes.  Annelise Kinney, a sophomore on the lacrosse team, commented on the project saying, “It’s cool to see Lafayette athletes using what they have given to them to help those in need.” Marissa Young, another sophomore on the team, agreed saying, “I felt like I helped kids that need certain necessities more than I do. We are fortunate enough to get a new pair of shoes every year and instead of just throwing the empty boxes away we filled them with gifts and donated them to a good cause.” Our team ended up filling and sending 21 shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child. The project was a success and we plan to keep supporting this charity in the upcoming years.

One Shirt, One Body and Heal the Sole

Written by Luke Smith

SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) is a student run organization on campus helping to “Promote opportunity and foster a positive image for all student-athletes.” Every year, SAAC runs an event known as “One Shirt, One Body”, a campus-wide clothing drive that takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. SAAC asks that athletes bring in some of their old or unused Lafayette Athletic gear and drop them in the cardboard boxes around Kirby Sports Center and outside the team locker rooms. All donations go directly to a local shelter, so please remember to donate anything you might have lying around. Shoes are also accepted as part of their “Heal the Sole” initiative, (yes, pun intended). These drives run until the end of the exam period, so SAAC asks each team to participate to the fullest, especially during the giving Holiday Season!

Joe Maddon's Return

 Post by Annelise Kinney

A win for the Cubs is a win for Lafayette: Lafayette community rallies around Lafayette alum Joe Maddon as he wins World Series

With the win by the Chicago Cubs in World Series for the first time in 108 years. This win meant a little more especially for Lafayette College. For most Lafayette students, seeing as the Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon graduated from Lafayette in 1976 it was great to see an alum be so successful. Joe Maddon was an active member of the community during his time at Lafayette, he was a member of the varsity baseball team and participated in various other extra curricular activities. Around campus many students, Cubs fans or not, were excited to see the success of a Lafayette alum. With the recent rivalry week against Lehigh taking place Joe Maddon has decided to come back and host an event as well. It just goes to show that our athletes are once again giving back to the Lafayette Community.