Community Engagement

PhilaU SAAC participates in CACC Mascot Day at CHOP

PhilaU SAAC participates in CACC Mascot Day at CHOP

PHILADELPHIA – Members of the Philadelphia University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) joined forces with fellow Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) institutions to participate in the first CACC Mascot Day at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia last Friday.

Men’s tennis, PhilaU SAAC Chair and CACC SAAC Vice Chair Sean DeBlasio, women’s lacrosse defender and PhilaU SAAC secretary Madeline Haas, and baseball outfielder Chris Calder, along with 24 other student-athletes and administrators throughout the CACC visited with several hospital patients and guests throughout the afternoon--interacting with children ranging from infancy to 13 years of age.

DeBlasio and Haas handed out small gifts to the children who stopped by, while Calder was Phil the Ram and danced with the mascots from Bloomfield College, Goldey-Beacom College, and Georgian Court University for the children’s entertainment.

Student-athletes from Chestnut Hill and the University of the Sciences all participated in the event.

The first-ever CACC Mascot Day was an effort to bring the conference together for a single community engagement project.

2016 CACC Mascot Day Attendees
Phil the Ram (Philadelphia University)
Roary the Lion (Georgian Court University)
Strike (Goldey-Beacom College)
Deacon the Bear (Bloomfield College)

Student-athletes & Administrators
Philadelphia University

Rose Kelly, Associate AD/SWA
Pat Horvath, Coordinator of Community Engagement
Chris Calder
Sean DeBlasio
Madeline Haas

Chestnut Hill College
Corie Apodaca
Rachel Perry
Caroline Gehring
Nicole Parriski
Ayanna Dickey

Goldey-Beacom College
Jeremy Benoit, Compliance Specialist
Amber Wroble
CJ Wood
Lauren Conway

CACC Office
Dan Mara, Commissioner

Bloomfield College
S'Miyah Boss
Nicole McWilliams
Christina Scopelliti

Georgian Court University
Hannah Vendetta
Brianna Keelan
Xena Valenzuela
Patrick Castiglione
Mary Williams, Associate AD/SWA

University of the Sciences
Liz Checca
Thomas Gallagher
Evangelina Olivera
Emily Brand
Thomas Nelligan