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SPR-SUM 2018

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RAVENS ROUNDUP SKATING FOR A CAUSE O ver their weekend series Nov. 10–11, 2017, the Franklin Pierce University women's ice hockey team held its Skate for Autism campaign in conjunction with its home games against Saint Michael's on Friday and Saturday at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena. In all, the initiative raised $5,000, which will be donated to the New England Center for Children (NECC) in Southborough, Mass. e Ravens wore special-edition jerseys for the two games, which were then sold as part of the fundraising eff orts. In addition, the team conducted a T-shirt sales drive in the weeks leading up to the games and collected walk-up donations at the rink during both contests. " is process begins as nothing more than an idea in the spring ," said David Stockdale, women's ice hockey coach, "and takes several months of planning and organization on the part of the players to pull off ." All proceeds will be donated to the NECC, which, per its own description, is a "private, nonprofi t autism research and education center." e NECC's stated mission is to "transform the lives of children with autism worldwide through education, research and technolog y." "All of us at NECC are touched by the generosity of Franklin Pierce, their women's ice hockey team and all of those who supported this event," said Jared Bouzan, chief development offi cer at NECC. "Community support broadens the awareness and ultimately, the understanding , of autism." "I am very proud of the commitment the players in our program have shown to raising money for outstanding local organizations like the Skate for the 22 Foundation last year and the NECC this year," said Stockdale. "I think it speaks to the character of the players in our program that they had absolutely no hesitation when I asked them if they wanted to take on this challenge again this year, and I have no doubt they will continue to fi nd deserving local organizations to support in the seasons to come." Women's Ice Hockey Team Raises Money for Autism MARISA KETTERMAN (TOP); JESSICA STRASSBURG (LOWER) F ranklin Pierce's new Athletic Director, Rachel Burleson, wants more for the University's athletes than being great at their sports. She wants them to be part of the larger community around Franklin Pierce. She's made a commitment to volunteerism and community service — and Franklin Pierce — athletes are stepping up to be part of it. Ravens football took part in a pair of community service events in the fall. In September, the team paid a visit to Monadnock Adult Care in Jaffrey to assist with fall clean up. Then, in November, 30 members of the squad paid a visit to Cutler Elementary School to conduct an NFL Play 60 event. At Monadnock Adult Care, the Ravens helped out with necessary maintenance around the facility. They painted railings, cleaned windows and took care of yard work on the premises, including weeding fl ower beds, raking leaves and spreading mulch. In November, over the course of the Play 60 event, the Ravens worked with school children to teach them how to throw and catch a football, as well as some basic strategy and formations via fl ag football. At the end of the day, the team ran a kicking competition for the students. Franklin Pierce defensive coordinator Bill O'Connell also works as a fourth-grade teacher at Cutler Elementary. The Play 60 program, sponsored by the NFL, is designed to support an active lifestyle in youngsters by encouraging them to be active for 60 minutes a day. Football was not the only Ravens squad out and about in the community this fall. Also in November, a group of 30 student- athletes headed to Yankee Lanes in Keene, where they assisted with the Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament. Field hockey sophomore Jessica Strassburg '20 served as the point person and took charge organizing volunteers for the event, which featured over 60 Special Olympics athletes. In September, Ravens men's soccer and fi eld hockey welcomed the community to campus, as the two teams combined to host a soccer clinic on Sodexo Field. In all, 20 members of the Rindge Recreation Department attended the clinic and learned the essentials of the game from the Ravens' volunteers. In October, Ravens cross- country and track and fi eld programs lent their time to lead community service efforts at the Rindge Color Run, where they were joined by members of the fi eld hockey and women's lacrosse teams. The same weekend, cross-country and track and fi eld headed to Concord, N.H., where they participated in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Ravens Provide Help to Community Organizations LENDING A HAND Head women's ice hockey coach David Stockdale presents NECC representatives with a check and a hockey jersey. Franklin Pierce athletes pose with participants of the Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament.

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