Children's Cancer Recovery

NEC SAAC Raises Money to Benefit Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

Somerset, NJ -- It was a weekend full of service, discussion and learning for the Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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The annual league-wide NEC SAAC meeting returned to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and it included a trip to the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) in nearby Harrisburg for service work.

With the "Sweetest Place on Earth" providing the backdrop, a group of 18 student-athletes and six administrators spent time discussing proposed NCAA legislation and national SAAC issues and initiatives.

Amidst the sharing of best practices and detailed discussions, the group of student-athletes participated in an interactive presentation from Dr. Derek Greenfield. The renowned "visionary" speaker structured the session around the concept of leadership and heavily engaged the 18 student-athlete leaders in attendance.

The NEC SAAC group also enjoyed some milk chocolate treats and a Hershey Bears' hockey game during the weekend, but the two-day summit's cornerstone activity was the visit to CCRF.

During their visit, NEC SAAC leaders hand-delivered, in the form of an $11,587.17 check, the funds raised from the group's annual "Money Wars" Fundraiser. In addition to the monetary donation, the student-athletes turned in a day's worth of volunteer activity at CCRF headquarters.

While volunteering for the Foundation, which assists children under age 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis, the NEC SAAC prepared gift packages that will reach more than 1,000 children.

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Here are highlights of what the group accomplished:
- Counted and sorted through nearly 2,000 wooden toys, which are sent in every Bear-Able Gift shipment and used for art therapy in the hospitals.

- Checked-in and boxed 256 large toy donations!

- Built and decorated more than 20 Toy Drive donation bins.

- Prepared hand-written notes of encouragement. The notes will be sent in each Bear-Able Gift shipment during the fourth quarter of the 2015 calendar.
"Community engagement is one of the primary goals of the NEC and is at the forefront of our recently launched #conNECt campaign," commented Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris.

"We deeply value the relationship that continues to grow between the NEC SAAC and the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. Not only do our student-athletes come together annually to raise funds to support the work of the foundation, but every other year they have the opportunity to take part in projects that directly impact the children and families that benefit from the efforts of CCRF."

Since 2010, the Northeast Conference, through the leadership of its SAAC, has sponsored a league-wide fundraiser to benefit Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. To date, the NEC SAAC has delivered more than $40,000 to CCRF.
About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)
Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit

About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 35th year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30).  Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league's official website ( and digital network (, or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google+, all @NECsports.

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