(ANTIGONISH, N.S.) - The StFX Athletics Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) raised $1,450 for the Canadian Cancer Association, in the name of a StFX rower afflicted with the disease, at their recent 'X Athletes for Charity' event held at the Oland Centre.
The X Athletes for Charity Event is an annual event hosted by SALT in an effort to raise funds for local charities. This multi-sport event is held at the conclusion of the varsity season in late March/early April and is completely student-led and organized.
Student-athletes from all StFX teams form a blue team and white team that compete against in each other in various sporting events and fun activities. Local children are also invited to join the athletes in select events.
This year's activities included a basketball two-ball shooting contest, relay race, pudding eating contest, slam dunk competition, along with added involvement by local youth in forming 'human letters'.
There was a performance by local young dancers from the Antigonish Highland Dancing Association, as well as an Irish Dance performance by two members of the X-Women cross country team. At the conclusion of the evening, youth were invited to join the StFX student-athletes in 'all out fun' as they tried out various sports and received autographs.
In addition to proceeds from ticket sales for the event, StFX athletes held a bake sale and also canvassed the Town of Antigonish in the weeks leading up to the occasion, collecting donations.
All profits are donated annually to the SALT charity of choice through the Early X-cellence Fund. The goal of the Early X-cellence fund is to provide sporting opportunities for local youth and to assist with sporting and youth-related charitable initiatives.
The X Athletes for Charity Event began in 2008 and to date has raised over $8,700 for various local charities and organizations.
Source: StFX Sports Information