Buffalo, NY – On Monday, March 12, the D'Youville Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and members of each D'Youville sports team came together to out on their annual Project Linus event.
Project Linus is a non-profit organization that helps provide homemade blankets to children in need. The D'Youville SAAC has participated in the event for the past several years with their contributions increasing on a year-to-year basis. They made 50 blankets in 2014, 75 in 2015, 76 in 2017, and now an astonishing 103 blankets in 2018.
Athletics Committee Co-Chair and baseball player Tyler Siegmann was extremely pleased with the turnout and production from the D'Youville student-athletes and how their work can greatly impact children in need.
"Project Linus is an amazing event that gives students and student athletes on our campus the opportunity to help give back to the community," said Siegmann. "The blankets that are made from this event provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or in need. The amount of students that helped out this year was outstanding and I want to thank everyone who helped us reach our goal of 100 blankets. You are all helping to put a smile on the faces of many kids."
Roughly 75 student-athletes from all 14 of D'Youville athletic teams were represented at Project Linus. Each of the 103 blankets that were made will be donated children's hospitals in the Erie and Niagara County areas.
Incoming Athletics Committee Co-Chair and softball player Ashley Carney thought that it was great how all 14 teams were able to come together and benefit a great cause.
"It's one of the only events that all of the athletes come together and participate in so it's very unifying and important for us to participate in every year,"said Carney.
Not only did the D'Youville athletic community come together to work on Project Linus, but local high school student-athletes did as well. Fifteen student-athletes from Niagara-Wheatfield High School, Siegmann's alma-mater, were in attendance to help make blankets and provided the materials to make the blankets.
Created in 1998, Project Linus and has chapters in all 50 states. Each blanket is made taking two pieces of fleece that are equal size, laying one on top of the other, cutting strips around the blanket, and then tying them together.
The goal of SAAC is to improve the community by giving back and participating in events such as the Project Linus. SAAC is made up of members of each of the 14 D'Youville sports team, working together for the greater good.