Basketball, swimming & diving teams prepare for annual fundraisers next week

Basketball, swimming & diving teams prepare for annual fundraisers next week

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four Saint Michael's College Athletics teams will hold two separate fundraisers early next week, as the swimming & diving squads are fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont by hosting a head-shaving event for members of the community on Tuesday in the Alliot Student Center, while the basketball teams will host Think Pink events to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS) the following evening.

Between 6:30 and 8 p.m. in the Alliot Student Center lobby, the men's and women's swimming & diving programs are shaving heads for a good cause for the fourth straight year, with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Vermont. The squads raised more than $600 for Make-A-Wish through the event the past two years combined.

A $1 donation will give patrons a chance to shave strips of hair from participants' heads, and with a $5 donation, members of the community can shave an entire head. Members of the men's team will be shaving their heads not only for the cause, but also in preparation for next weekend's Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Students, faculty and staff and additional members of the community are all welcome to attend.

Since 2003, NCAA Division II has been a national sponsor of Make-A-Wish, raising more than $4.5 million for the global charity, which grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information or to make a donation directly to Make-A-Wish, visit

During their basketball games with Bentley University, the Purple Knights will hold their annual Think Pink fundraiser, as the women play at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink in support of the fight against cancer, as the Saint Michael's women will don pink T-shirts and shoe laces to show their support, and the men will also utilize pink shoe laces. Cancer survivors will be admitted for free to the contests that day, as will people currently battling the disease and a caregiver.

Representatives from the ACS will be on hand to accept donations at the basketball games, as each team's goal is to raise money to help fund research, create awareness, fight back, and show support for all who are affected by the disease. Patrons who donate will receive a ribbon signifying their support, with all funds raised during the games going directly to the ACS. For more information, or if you would like to show your support with a donation, please contact women's basketball head coach Shannon Kynoch at (802) 654-2503, or For survivors and those currently afflicted who plan to attend, please contact Kynoch to ensure your free admittance.