Bekah Steinke '14, a cross-country and track athlete, left, Wegmans representative Angel Lynch, and Emily Topping '15, a field hockey player, pose for a photo at Saturday night's Souper Bowl can drive. Fans brought 667 cans for distribution at local food pantries. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11
The Ravens and 49ers battled for the NFL championship last weekend, and the college community hosted its own Souper Bowl for a local community-service win.
A total of 667 cans of soup were collected at three home athletic games for distribution to food pantries in Livingston County, organized by the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Fans also gave more than $100 in cash donations to student-athlete volunteers and Wegmans representatives who manned collection sites at Merritt Athletic Center and the Carl Schrader Gym.
Fans who came to cheer on the men's and women's basketball teams and the hockey team were encouraged to bring a can of soup. Those who donated two or more received free admission and a "rally towel" with the Knights logo to wave during the game.
Always looking for new ways to perform community service, playing off the Super Bowl was a great opportunity, says organizer Sharon West, head athletic trainer and special events coordinator for the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.
"I knew we would have a big audience," says West. "We would like to thank all of those who contributed to make this event a success."
Geneseo partnered with Wegmans to run the event, and Foodlink provided collection containers.