On any given day at Lynchburg College, a student-athlete may go to practice, hang out with friends, attend class and work on homework all while preparing for upcoming games. Last weekend it went beyond all that for several student-athletes at LC.
On March 16, four Hornet standouts plus one assistant coach and one student assistant coach, were among a group of 23 participants who gathered to shave their heads in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation which raises money for cancer research, specifically for children with cancer. Each ‘shavee’ signs up to shave their head and raises money in solidarity for kids who have lost their hair during treatment.
Nationally, the Foundation sponsors 700 shaving events with this being the third year in a row at Lynchburg College. Participants had the option of signing up ahead of time or could walk-up during the event.
From LC women’s soccer, freshman Kara Schaffer, freshman Dessi Dupuy and former player-now student assistant Alicia LaPorta all had their heads shaved along with field hockey sophomore Hannah Myers. Sophomore men’s soccer player JJ Graci and assistant coach Zach Ward also volunteered to shed their locks for the cause.
“Being supported by so many other student-athletes, the feeling was incredible,” said LaPorta.
The event raised over $8,000 for St. Baldrick’s with LaPorta raising nearly $2,650 while Schaffer brought in $1,385.
Plenty of other teams and student-athletes were also in attendance along with others students and members of the Lynchburg College community.
“It’s was a great event on campus and it was good to see student-athletes in it,” said Ward. “To see the athletic department’s support in the community is great”.
While participating in community service projects is nothing new for students at Lynchburg College, this event is unique and hits close to home for many.
“I was a walk-up shave,” said Myers. “As I was sitting there watching others shave their heads all I could think about was my teammate from back home who I played club field hockey with in high school. Her name is Heather Heartman and she currently plays for the University of Delaware. She was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago with Hodgkins Lymphoma.”
“It’s terrifying for myself as an athlete and a friend to think that she had everything going for her at life and all the sudden that gets put on hold with the possibility that you could never get to play the sport that you love ever again.”
For more information on each participant in St. Baldrick’s from Lynchburg College, visit: http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/4455/2012/.