March 2, 2006
By Brian Witter
The Santa Clara
Santa Clara presently sits at the top of the West Coast Conference in its bid to win a second consecutive Commissioner's Cup, but the Broncos aren't stopping there: The school's student-athletes are also striving to become the conference's top contributor in the WCC's Annual Charity Drive.
Promoted by the WCC's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, the food drive provides an opportunity for student-athletes across the entire conference to do their part to battle hunger in their local communities.
In addition to assisting those in need, the WCC Charity Drive also provided Bronco athletes with an opportunity to embrace their competitive nature as they fiercely battled one another to become Santa Clara's top contributor.
Women's water polo walked away with the top honors, amassing over 1,600 cans for the drive. Santa Clara SAAC representative and senior Kathleen Hamm, attributed the results to what they say is a true team effort.
"Every member of the team participated in this event. After losing by a razor-thin margin last year, we were determined this year to beat the men's team," Hamm said.
Men's water polo also put forth a significant effort, earning them the title of top contributor from a men's program.
"It sucks that we lost, but we brought in a lot of cans and it's great to see my teammates come together to contribute to such a good cause," senior water polo player and SAAC representative Austin Brizgys conceded.
Santa Clara's student-athletes, representing all 19 teams, collected nearly 5,000 cans. The food will go to local food banks.
"The WCC really wants to show that the entire conference is committed to assisting those in need and the member institutions want to show that they are the best," cross country runner Blossom Marimpietri, Santa Clara's WCC SAAC representative said.
Although women's water polo may have amassed the most canned goods, the real winners are the families who will benefit from this tremendous display of charity.
Pat Malley, former athletic director, once said that Santa Clara's interlocking SC logo stands for "style and class."
The Broncos may win with style, but their commitment to the community is all class.