To celebrate NCAA Division III Week, Hamilton’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted a mini-golf tournament in the Field House on April 10.
The entire Hamilton community was invited to participate in the event that included a 9-hole tournament in which participants, in groups of two or four, took their best score on each hole and competed for prizes of gift cards for the top two groups, and a hole in one raffle winner. There was pizza and music for all.
More than 100 students took part, along with faculty and staff and their families. While there was no fee to participate, $1,593 was raised for the One Love Foundation through donations at and before the event.
One Love was founded in 2010 to honor former University of Virginia women’s lacrosse player, Yeardley Love, who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend, a member of the UVA men’s lacrosse team. According to the One Love website, the foundation honors the memory of Yeardley by “bringing an end to relationship violence by educating, empowering and activating campus communities in a movement for change.”
SAAC chose to support the One Love Foundation in order to bring more attention to sexual assault and domestic violence and its unfortunate presence on college campuses around the country.
The event was organized by SAAC Co-Presidents Hannah Withiam ’16 (women’s soccer, lacrosse) and Lillie Simourian ’17 (women’s squash, lacrosse) and executive board members Tyler Lovejoy ’16 (men’s hockey), Kyle Pitman ’17 (men’s basketball) and Seamus O’Neill ’17 (men’s hockey, golf).
In addition, several SAAC representatives made significant contributions to the success of the event: Darby Philbrick ’18 (women’s lacrosse, soccer), Claire Keyte ’17 (women’s tennis), Molly Pivirotto ’18 (women’s squash), Matt Kastilahn ’18 (men’s soccer), Bennett Hambrook ’17 (men’s hockey), Liz Morris ’16 (women’s golf) and Allie Penta ’16 (women’s soccer).
The Dean of Students Office, SAVES (Sexual Assault Violence Education and Support), Alpha Theta Chi and Psi Upsilon co-sponsored the event.