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Stony Brook University Football Team To Visit Children’s Hospital

MEDIA ADVISORY for Thursday, October 11

IMPORTANT: All media must RSVP

Stony Brook Medicine Media Contact: Cassandra Huneke

Email: Cassandra.Huneke@stonybrookmedicine.edu

Phone: 631-444-7880

Stony Brook University Football Team To Visit Children’s Hospital

WHAT/VISUALS:

The Seawolves, ranked 19th in the nation, will be bringing smiles to their fans on and off the field this season as they visit Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on October 11th. Key members of the team will engage with pediatric patients, throw a football around with those able and provide signed posters and hats.

The team’s visit is part of their initiative to highlight rare diseases and those in need. This season they are participating in the Touchdown Pledge, in which money is donated with every touchdown they score. The team hopes to raise at least $2,000. Proceeds will support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

Currently 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the CAA, Stony Brook University’s football team went 10-3 overall last season with a 7-1 conference record to place second. They returned to the FCS NCAA Playoffs and advanced to the second round.

WHO:

Shayne Lawless: Team Captain. Currently leads the team in tackles and tackles-for-loss. Ranks third in the conference in tackles.

Hometown: Moorestown, NJ

Donny Liotine: Ranks 26th in the nation in rushing yards. Half of the “Long Island Express” along with Jordan Gowins. Rushed over 100 yards three times this season.

Hometown: Medford, NY

Jordan Gowins: Ranks 11th in the nation in rushing yards. Half of the “Long Island Express” along with Donald Liotine. Rushed over 100 yards three times this season.

Hometown: Bellport, NY

Mason Zimmerman: Starting LG this season and helps anchor the offensive line that blocks for the running backs that sit 33rd in the nation in rushing yards and rank 55th in the nation in QB sacks allowed.

Hometown: Whitehouse, Ohio

Synceir Malone: Has started every game this season at free safety. Has 24 total tackles (seventh most on the team) and leads the team in pass breakups.

Hometown: Bronx, NY

WHEN:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

3:15 to 4:00pm

WHY:

Pediatric patients, especially those with chronic illnesses, may feel isolated and powerless. Child Life at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital arranges fun activities and visits to ease the challenges of treatment, reduce their stress and put smiles on their faces. The football team’s visit will help provide pediatric patients with a much needed break from their daily routines, as well a fun and meaningful experience.

WHERE:

Stony Brook University Hospital, 101 Nicolls RD, Stony Brook, NY 11794

Media to meet in the main lobby

 

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