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Another Successful Make a Change in 14 Days Campaign for American Southwest Conference

May 28, 2013
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Richardson, Texas-Student-Athlete Advisory Committees from the 14 American Southwest Conference campuses combined to raise $6,331.05 as well as collect numerous pieces of warm clothing and canned goods for local community organizations in the seventh annual “Make a Change in 14 Days” project, the conference office announced on Tuesday (May 28).

""The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from Ozarks donated $636.89 to Interfaith of Johnson County.

Sixteen different organizations received support through local campus fundraising efforts held from Jan. 21-Feb. 3. Included were Alpine Food Bank; Backpack Project of Seguin; Dell Children’s Hospital; East Texas Food Bank; Food Bank of Central Louisiana; Good Samaritan Ministries; Interfaith of Johnson County; Kerr County YMCA; Mission Marshall & American Cancer Society; Richardson YMCA; Special Olympics Texas; Special Olympics West Texas; St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Center; Susan G. Komen for the Cure; and Tatum Elementary Weekend Lunch Program.

In the seven years of the conference-wide community service campaign, over $56,000 has been raised to benefit over 70 charitable organizations in ASC campus communities.

“The Student-Athlete Advisory Committees throughout the American Southwest Conference continue to provide assistance to a variety of organizations in their local communities,” ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton said. “We are proud of the efforts at each of the ASC campuses and the leadership by the SAAC officers and the student-athletes.”

The two-week SAAC event is also designed as a challenge among the ASC member campuses and is scheduled during the turn of the conference division basketball schedule.
Schreiner was voted by its peers as the winning institution for a third straight year, raising $1,045 for the Kerr County YMCA so that children in the local community can have the opportunity to be involved in team sports and use state-of-the-art equipment.

“We get a lot of support from our community here in Kerrville, so being able to give back and help out feels really good,” Schreiner SAAC Secretary and junior volleyball player Jamie Burns said. “Winning Make a Change is just a plus.”

In three years, the Schreiner SAAC has donated $6,216.12 to the local organization.

“I can’t believe that we’ve donated over $6,000 in three years,” added Burns. “That feels amazing and very special. We work a lot with the kids that are on the sports teams there. I hope our donations help make their experiences as good as possible and help build their love for the game.”

Schreiner collected the bulk of its funds at Edington Gym at its basketball home games. A check presentation was made on Feb. 4 by Schreiner men’s basketball head coach and SAAC advisor Jimmy Smith to Kerr County YMCA Sports Director Carlos Canales.

In addition to Burns, Schreiner’s SAAC officers consist of junior volleyball player Shalon Bridges, sophomore golfer Zach Oliver and sophomore cross country runner Adriana Mercado.
The student-athlete advisory committee at Louisiana College was voted second place as it raised $858 for St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Center in Alexandria, La., in memory of Janice Joseph-Richard. LC and SAAC co-presidents Emily Douglas and Brianna Hall, both senior softball players, also collected 43 canned goods for the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

Mary Hardin-Baylor came in third place, raising $939 for Special Olympics Texas. UMHB SAAC President Jenna Womack, a senior soccer player, led the Cru’s efforts.

NOTES: Former conference member McMurry won the inaugural Make a Change in 14 Days title in 2007, followed by Louisiana College’s three straight crowns from 2008-10. . . . A photo gallery from this year’s campaign be found here:

Student-Athlete Advisory Committees from the American Southwest Conference teamed together in collecting donations earmarked for local community organizations on Jan. 21 – Feb. 3, 2013.

ASC INSITUTION: Local Organization (Donations)
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY TEXAS: Dell Children’s Hospital ($550.00)
EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY: Mission Marshall & American Cancer Society ($607.74)
HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY: Special Olympics West Texas ($267.00)
HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY: Good Samaritan Ministries ($100.55; 30 pounds of casual clothing)
LETOURNEAU UNIVERSITY: Tatum Elementary Weekend Lunch Program ($261.69)
LOUISIANA COLLEGE: St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Center – In memory of Janice Joseph-Richard & Food Bank of Central Louisiana ($858.00; 43 canned goods)
UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR: Special Olympics Texas ($939.00)
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE: Susan G. Komen for the Cure ($173.03)
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS: Interfaith of Johnson County ($636.89)
SCHREINER UNIVERSITY: Kerr County YMCA ($1,045.25)
SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY: Alpine Food Bank (138 pieces of warm clothing; 115 canned goods)
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS: Special Olympics Texas & Richardson YMCA ($341.80)
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER: East Texas Food Bank ($117.00)
TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY: Backpack Project of Seguin ($433.10)

158 canned goods
138 pieces warm clothing
30 pounds casual clothing

Schreiner University
Total: $1,045.25
Kerr County YMCA

Louisiana College
Total: $858.00; 43 canned goods
St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Center – In memory of Janice Joseph-Richard & Food Bank of Central Louisiana

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Total: $939.00
Special Olympics Texas

158 canned goods