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GW Student-Athletes, Coaches, Staff Play Dodgeball for Miriam's Kitchen

Dec. 15, 2010

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WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington student-athletes, coaches and administrators came together Monday night, Dec. 13, at Charles E. Smith Center for a 24-team co-ed dodgeball tournament, hosted by GW's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) to raise money for Miriam's Kitchen, a District organization that helps the homeless.

Senior men's swimmer Andrew Maguire, Vice President of GW's SAAC, along with the seven-person council and volunteers worked together to have every GW varsity athletics program represented in the tournament. Over 200 participants and 150 spectators were able to dine on food donated by F Street Bistro during the event.

"We did well with donations at the tournament and raised over $300," said Maguire. "But we were short of our goal so we are continuing to collect at the entrance of the Smith Center through the end of this week."

The event's winning team consisted of baseball players Eric Lara, Stephen Oswald, and Owen Beightol and volleyball players Candace Silva-Martin, Lauren Whyte, and Jessica Burr. An award was also given out for best team uniform, given to a team of lacrosse players Emmy Aras, Lindsey DiAntonio, Logan Healy, and Soo Mee Yoon and baseball players Ryan Thomas, Kenny O'Brien, Brett Bowers, and Raj Dharmapal.

"Our initial goal was to have an event to bring together the entire GW athletic community before the end of the semester," said Maguire. "I think we were definitely able to accomplish our goal and realized how successful we can be with similar events in the future."

The tournament had one team compiled of Colonials' coaches, and teams from the operations, Sports Marketing and Sports Medicine staffs competed as well.

Miriam's Kitchen provides free, homemade meals and high-quality support services to more than 4,000 homeless men and women in Washington, DC, each year through four core programs: Meals, Case Management, Miriam's Studio, and Miriam's Cafe.