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Champions for Children of the Capital Region

The sports teams of the University at Albany don’t just entertain the residents of the Capital Region. Nearly all of UAlbany’s 475 student-athletes share their time and talents with area residents in need. Under the leadership of Vice President for Athletic Administration Lee McElroy, the school’s athletes donate nearly 2,000 hours per year to a spectrum of causes that benefit children, families and the community.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee serves as a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, connecting individuals and teams with causes including the Ronald McDonald House, the Juvenile Diabetes Walk, the Miracle League, Adopt-a-Family, Project Strive, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and a host of educational initiatives.

Giving to children doesn’t stop with the student-athletes. Coaches and administrators hold free instructional clinics for area youth such as the YMCA SAFE program, participate in fundraisers for organizations including the Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorder Center and provide free admission to thousands of children each year through sponsorships of Big Brothers Big Sisters and in conjunction with the GE Kids-in-Free program.

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