Golden Eagles Lend a Helping Hand During the Holiday Season

Brockport student-athletes and coaches drop off gifts to students in need at Barclay Elementary

SUNY Brockport Athletics came together for the sixth consecutive year to raise money and collect gifts for Barclay Elementary School in the Brockport School District for the holiday season. 

Associate Head Athletic Trainer John Jackson teamed up with Assistant Athletic Director Steve Pike and Brockport’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to lead the charge in bringing everyone together for one common goal. This year, the Golden Eagles raised nearly $2,000 in money, gifts, and gift cards. Over the last six years, Brockport Athletics has raised over $15,000 towards this specific program.

“I am so proud to be a Golden Eagle. The student-athletes and athletic staff are so supportive of this fundraiser,” said Jackson. “I always tell the student-athletes that before you open gifts during the holiday, take a second a know that you have just helped make a child’s Christmas! That may be your best gift of the day!”

Tara Jackson, a third-grade teacher at Barclay Elementary, acts as the liaison for the school’s holiday fund. The fund enables people to sponsor a family during the holidays or donate to the cause. When our Golden Eagles were asked to participate again this season, they eagerly seized the opportunity.

SAAC has been very supportive of the holiday fund over the years. This year, they organized team leaders to help collect funds. Colby Jordan (Men’s Basketball), Ella Buchanan (Field Hockey), Nick Ianiello (Baseball), Brian Caldwell Jr. (Football), Jayden Green (Men’s Soccer), Madison Misser (Women’s Basketball), Krista Archambeau (Head Coach, Field Hockey), Steve Pike (Assistant Athletic Director), and Gil Burgmaster (Associate Athletic Director) delivered the money and gifts to Barclay Elementary on Thursday morning.

Our Golden Eagles look forward to maintaining a strong relationship with the schools in the Brockport community and providing continued to support for those in need.

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Author: Gil Burgmaster


Gil Burgmaster

Posted: December 21, 2023