PATCHOGUE, NY – November 5, 2010 – The cross country teams at the Long Island Campus of St. Joseph’s College placed high at the College’s Annual Invitational on Saturday, October 23 at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, NY and then, as a follow up to their outstanding performance, they all donated their sneakers to charity.
"Not only did we win but we also collected running shoes for a charity and are sending almost 200 pairs of used running shoes to Africa," SJC cross country coach Jim Crowley said.
In the past, the first 50 male and female athletes to reach the finish line would receive t-shirts, but this year, t-shirts were given to all participants from the 29 colleges attending the meet who donated their sneakers after the daylong event. SJC received 100 percent participation from its women’s and men’s cross country runners, totaling more than 200 pairs of donated shoes to runners in Kenya for Shoe4Africa.
Shoe4Africa is a non-profit organization that collects used running shoes to provide children in impoverished areas of Africa with footwear to prevent disease. For more information about Shoe4Africa, visit www.shoe4africa.org.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 26 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.