The Colby College Football team took a Colby tradition to the next level…for a good cause!
While a Powder Puff game between Junior and Senior females has been a tradition at Colby, the football team expanded the event to include Freshman and Sophomore teams, and sold t-shirts for game-day to the players and coaches, in order to raise money for the MaineGeneral Hospital’s Harold Alfond Cancer Research Center. With much planning by Colby football players Pat Harper ’13, Danny Maddox ’14, and Zach Padula ’15, no longer will this tradition be just a battle on the gridiron between grade years, but now it will also be a fight against cancer.
The Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) commends Harper, Maddox, Padula, and the rest of the football team for putting this together. It was an awesome community event that was fun for players and fans alike, and it was a fundraising success!
Nurses from MaineGeneral Hospital with Pat Harper ’13, Danny Maddox ’14, Zach Padula ’15, and Head Football coach Jonathan Micheales.
Maddox, Padula, Harper, Coach Micheales, and Assistant Coach Garcia present the 2012 Powder Puff championship plaque to Senior team coach/Football player Brian Mellett ’12.
The Class of 2012 celebrating their championship win…back to back champs ’11 and ’12.
Football player and Sophomore Powder Puff coach Jeff Lamson ’14 talking a bit of strategy before the games.
The Junior team getting fired up for the championship game against the Senior class.
Sophomore team huddle.
Fans line up along the fence to watch the championship game.
Four Special Olympic participants from Boothbay, Maine came to Colby College on April 25th for a fun evening of volleyball. Members of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) ran drills for the players, who do not have volleyball anymore as a Special Olympics sport option in Maine. Either way, the Special Olympic players were naturals…giving some of the SAAC members a run for their money!
The Student Athletic Advisory Committee hosted a surprise breakfast for Colby College Junior Dom Kone. Kone won the national NCAA Division III Championship in the 60-meter dash on March 10th with a time of 6.75 seconds. What an accomplishment for a fellow Mule! We are so proud of you Dom!
Members of Colby’s alpine ski team have turned their agility on skis into an opportunity to help others.
Fifteen Colby skiers spent Sunday, Jan. 8 at Sugarloaf working with trainers for Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation (formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing), learning how to guide skiers who are amputees, are in wheelchairs, or have extreme stability issues. And the ability of Colby’s skiers, said Sugarloaf Program Coordinator Toby Burdet, made them fast learners.
“They were able to do things right off the bat that a lot of recreational level skiers would not be able to do—just having that extreme level of comfort on skis is huge,” he said. “That’s very rare to see the first day out, and certainly I’ve never seen it consistently across a group of people like that.”
Colby’s skiers spent some of their time in the role of the adaptive skier, learning what it feels like to ski with handheld outriggers or sitting down. They also took the role of guide, including being tethered behind sit-skiers to provide speed control and stability.
Head coach Danny Noyes ’02 called it “an incredible experience for our students, as well as an opportunity to lend perspective to challenges disabled athletes face in the winter in Maine.” He looks forward to team members putting these new skills to use. “It’s a really nice way for us to give back and to become involved,” he said.
Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, which serves 400 participants with 400 volunteers, is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in Maine for adults and children with physical disabilities. (Article by Ruth Jacobs Colby College News)
SAAC members Spike Smigelski, Colby Men’s Hockey, and Chris Barrand, Colby Men’s Lacrosse, came up with the brilliant idea of creating a breast cancer fundraiser that would be centered around the most attended game of the year–the Colby vs Bowdoin hockey game. On December 2, 2011, these two teams met in a “Face Off Against Breast Cancer” event. With the help of the Smigelski, Barrand, Men’s Hockey Team, the Men’s Lacrosse Team, the Student Government Association, the Colby 8 and many SAAC members, the event was able to raise nearly $4,000 for the breast cancer research foundation “Save the Ta-Tas”.
Smigelski and Barrand united the efforts of the Men’s Hockey and Lacrosse team for the fundraiser. SAAC sold long sleeve t-shirts, which were designed by Smigelski, and SGA purchased the shirts. SAAC members sold the t-shirts all week long before the event and helped put together the event. The shirts were worn to the event and approximately 60% of the proceeds from shirt sales were donated to the cause. At the game, Barrand organized and ran a 50/50 raffle, Spike’s idea helped raise at least $3,000 for the Save the Ta-tas Foundation…hense the “Toe Drags for Ta-Tas” slogan on the back of the shirt. In addition, Barrand set-up on an online website for donations and contacted the greater Colby athletic community to request donations for the fundraiser.
The event was an absolute success! Colby students wore the t-shirts to the game,and the all-male Colby a cappella group sang the National Anthem. Colby Professor and Breast Cancer Survivor, Phyllis Mannochi, dropped the first puck and the Colby Mule even made a surprise appearance on ice!
For National Women In Sports Day, the Colby Women’s Basketball team put on a basketball clinic for young girls in the community. The mules taught the girls basketball fundamentals, and after the clinic, the aspiring athletes cheered for the Colby Women’s Volleyball team who were taking on rival Bates College. With the girls’ support, CWV got the big W!
CWV raised over $1000 for breast cancer research this past season with the help of the Colby College community. For the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), CWV asked members of the Colby community to pledge a penny or two for each dig they would get over the month long period. CWV racked up 852 digs!!! All of the money collected will be going to the Waterville oncology unit.
The Colby Women’s Lacrosse team ran for a good cause on October 22nd. The team dressed as the 101 Dalmatians for the Hardy Girls & Healthy Women Freaky 5K. The event raised $6,000 for the Hardy Girl foundation and it’s main purpose was to encourage bringing the “scary” back into Halloween costumes!
The Colby Women’s Basketball team also ran for a good cause back in September. All team members participated in the Susan G. Komen 5K for Breast Cancer in Portland, Maine. The mules raised over $1000 for breast cancer research.