HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team raised $24,004 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which sponsors head-shaving events to fund children's cancer research. The Bobcats collected online donations through their team page at StBaldricks.org. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Quinnipiac student-athletes, coaches and fans shaved their heads at the TD Bank Sports Center in support of their charity drive.
"We did this four years ago and decided it was time again," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "First, it's for an incredible cause - children's cancer research. I'm proud of my guys for their efforts. The head shaving is unique, because for a few weeks they walk around campus and around the community and people ask why all of their heads are shaved, so they talk up St. Baldricks too."
last held the fundraiser in 2008, raising over $35,000 for the foundation. This year, the team added an honorary member to their head-shaving team in Chris Fusco, a cancer survivor who's brother Mark, reached out to Quinnipiac men's ice hockey student-athletes Dan Federico and Bryce Van Brabant. The two have "adopted" Chris, welcoming him into the Bobcats' locker room and giving the Durham High School senior a glance of NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. Chris led all head-shaving team members, raising over $3,000 in donations.
Kevin Bui, a fifth-year senior, is the only current member of the team who was on the Bobcats' roster in 2008.
"The boys took to this like a competition, unofficially, and its a great cause," Bui explained. "We check the website to see who raised more. Lori Onofrio posted the figures in our locker room, so we got to follow it daily. What's incredible to me is that the team has raised almost $60,000 in the two times we have done this, which is pretty cool."
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey's St. Baldrick's head-shaving event is part of Quinnipiac Athletics' Positive Play initiative which encourages community involvement by Bobcat student-athletes, coaches and administration.
Bobcat fans who still wish to donate to St. Baldrick's can do so by clicking the link above.