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Powder Puff Games for a Good Cause.

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.

SAAC & Special Olympics

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!

SAAC CONGRATULATES NATIONAL CHAMPION– DOM KONE!

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!

 

Colby Softball Team Holds Community Clinic

 

The Colby College softball team held a clinic on March 10 in the fieldhouse and had about 50 participants from the local community. The players ranged in age from 6 to 17 and worked on hitting, pitching, infield and outfield play, base running, and bunting. Softball head coach Kristina Katori and her staff ran the clinic with her team.

NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Winter Team

Each season the NESCAC releases a list of honorees that is determined by both players and coaches to student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. SAAC would like to take a moment to recognize these athletes for their contributions to their teams and the athletic community.

Here are the Mules that received this honor:

Kyle Donovan ’12, Men’s Basketball

Aarika Richie ’12, Women’s Basketball

Dan Nelson ’12, Men’s Ice Hockey

Hannah O’Brien ’12, Women’s Ice Hockey

Harry Smith ’12, Men’s Squash

Kate Pistel ’13, Women’s Squash

Adam Spierer ’13, Men’s Swimming

Charlotte Veazie ’12, Women;s Swimming

SAAC Members Take to the Hills with Colby Cares About Kids

After our most recent snow storm the Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) program decided to make good use of the hills on campus for a day of sledding! It was certainly a fun day for all. The “Mentees” got to spend more time with their mentors and their mentors got to take a break from college life and enjoy a childhood pastime of all New Englanders. Thankfully this day was captured on camera, and we have some great pictures of Student Athletes who are active in CCAK and participated in this sledding extravaganza.

 

CCAK takes to Chapel hill, one of the best sledding venues on campus (in my expert opinion).

CCAK mentor, SAAC representative and member of Colby Men’s Basketball Ben Brassord ’14 poses with his mentee.

One of SAAC’s presidents Laura Burns ’12 and her mentee try to warm their bones in Pulver Pavillion.

Women’s Soccer member Eliza Larson ’13 (left) takes a break from sledding for a quick photo op.

Grey Benjamin ’14, member of Colby’s Men’s Soccer team, posing with his mentee.

Christian Romano ’14 of the Football team, sizing up the slope for his next run…

looks like someone stole Christian’s idea.

Jonathan Sommer ’14 of the Men’s soccer team posing with his mentee and their sled after a day on the hill.

Sharing tips on sledding technique?

Lily Kramlich-Taylor ’14 (middle right) may be from California, but she has become a fan of sledding thanks to her mentee and some friends.

All good things must come to an end…

Colby Baseball Player Making His *Mark* in Malawi

          Colby College junior baseball player and SAAC member Mark Nelson (Walpole, Mass.) worked as an intern teacher in Malawi, Africa during Colby’s JanPlan semester. While there, he also got the opportunity to teach baseball to the locals.
          Nelson, who is back for the baseball season, is a math major at Colby and made use of that knowledge in Africa as a math instructor. He and the other interns spent one week teaching in a rural village with no electricity of modern conveniences.
          In the afternoons after teaching, the interns could do something of their own planning with the children. Nelson took it upon himself to teach baseball and work with the kids and the locals on basics of the game. Nelson had his own baseball clinic as well.
          Nelson was third on the Mules last year in earned run average.

Skiers Put Skills to Good Use

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)

“Toe Drags for Ta-tas”

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!

WATCH Mule on Ice Video!

CWB Teaches A Clinic for National Girls In Sports Day!

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!

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