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Fencing Team Sets Bar for Community Action

Members of the BC Fencing Team Show Their Food Drive Collection

Members of the BC Fencing Team Show Their Food Drive Collection

Jan. 23, 2008

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College fencing team, after winning the school's food drive competition this past December, decided to continue its community service by donating the prize money to the charity Operation Ultimate Goal, a foundation whose goal is to provide Iraqi children with new soccer balls, uniforms, and nets.

After taking first prize in the Boston College athletic teams' food drive, where they collected over 1,000-pounds of food for needy families, the fencers decided to donate their $250 in prize money to Operation Ultimate Goal. The team already had collected money for the charity, which was started by a BC alumnus and former fencer, Captain Brian von Kraus. They used the award to add to their goodwill efforts and support of the cause.

Senior fencer Sean Hickey, a native of Rochester, N.Y., headed the team's food drive collection and also serves as the Vice President of BC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is continually active in the SAAC's trips to children's hospitals around the area and in the Food for Families program.

"[The food drive] was a great way to give back to our athletic department and what it's done for us," Hickey said. "It opens up a lot of opportunities for everyone and makes you feel good about yourself and your team at the end of the day. Plus there's a little bit of a competitive aspect to it, so it makes it fun being an athlete."

The fencing team's impact on the BC community and beyond is a clear demonstration of how BC athletes not only excel on the field but on campus and among the broader society as well. The team will compete in the New England Collegiate Championships on Feb. 16, 2008.

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