The Seton Hall University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the fourth-annual Gatorade Pong Tournament on Thursday, March 26 in the Richie Regan Athletic Center Field House.
Hosted in conjunction with Seton Hall Athletics'H.A.L.L. (Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders) Program, the event benefited Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of New Jersey and helped raise awareness about the dangers related to drinking and driving.
The event lasted several hours and 10 Seton Hall varsity programs were represented at the event.
"This is something we all feel strongly about," said softball senior Sam DeMasi, a SAAC representative. "We all enjoy opportunities to help in a way that goes beyond the athletic department. For something like this, it's great to see so many people from different teams come together and support the cause."
"We were impressed with the turnout we had last year and this year the event only continued to grow," addedRoberto Sasso, Assistant Athletic Director/Student-Athlete Development & Leadership and director of the H.A.L.L. Program. "Our student-athletes really rally behind this cause because it's an issue that is close to home for a lot of them. They recognize the value of the work that MADD does and want to be a part of it."
Seton Hall Athletics would like to thank a number of local establishments including Ashley's Marketplace, Pirates Pizza, Stony's, SuzyQues Bar-B-Que, Tito's Burritos, Village Diner and Village Trattoria for their contributions and helping to make the event a success.
All proceeds from the event will go to support MADD and its various initiatives.
About SAACThe Seton Hall Student Athlete Advisory Committee is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The committee, consisting of members from each varsity team, plans and executes community service events among student-athletes and also explores ways to engage student-athletes with the general student population. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.
About Mothers Against Drunk DrivingFounded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation's largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America's roads. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of the Power of ParentsTMto reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every nine minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.