On November 29, Castleton University took part in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that in the aftermath of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sparks the beginning of the charitable holiday season. In its second year of participating in the event, Castleton not only benefited from the generosity of students, alumni, and friends across the map, but also sought opportunities to give back.
Driven by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and graduate assistants, the athletic department held a can drive challenge between each of the 29 varsity teams to benefit local families.
“The athletic teams contributed 4,373 food items for Giving Tuesday,” said Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson. “It was a fun event in the Spartan Athletic Complex lobby as student-athletes lined up throughout the day to hand in their bags of collected food to be counted for their teams.”
Taking into account the varying roster sizes for each team, the competition was based on the ratio of cans to player per team.
According to Tyson the men’s ice hockey team contributed 1,413 food items, averaging 48 items per team member, and dominating the competition. In second, with 954 items and an average of 45 items per team member was the women’s ice hockey team, followed by the women’s lacrosse and wrestling teams consecutively.
“Knowing that the athletic teams are very competitive, we knew that there would be a lot of items donated, but we had no idea that we would collect as much food as we did,” Tyson said. “The generosity of the student-athletes, coaches and staff is consistent with what our student-athletes do for the community throughout the year.”