Women's Swimming Donates Time At Relay For Life
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College women’s swimming & diving team participated in Relay for Life on the night of Saturday, Apr. 8. The 12-hour event spread into the early hours of Sunday morning and an incredible number of volunteers continuously walked around the Hynes Center and raised money for cancer awareness. The women’s swim team raised $1,425 for the cause, and the event’s total fundraising finished over $89,000.
Not only did the student-athletes participate in the activities, but freshman Ashley Cave also donated 8 inches of her hair to those in need. She described donating her hair as a “cool and rewarding experience” and it was “a good feeling to know that someone that needs the hair is going to get it.”
This is the first time the women’s swim team participated in this event as a collective group, but they are planning to make this a yearly team tradition. Freshman Jamie Swenton commented, “My first experience at Relay for Life was very uplifting. It was amazing how many people came together to support the same cause and take their time to focus on something so big.”
The Iona College division of Colleges Against Cancer works hard every year to host the best Relay for Life possible. This year it was able to raise about $20,000 more than the previous year’s total. The women’s swim program enjoyed participating in the uplifting event and can’t wait to see how their involvement in Relay for Life continues to grow in the coming years.