WASHINGTON, D.C. - While the Catholic University cross country teams were in Memphis, Tenn., this past weekend to compete in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championships, the Cardinals took a tour of the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and donated $500.
"The visit was a truly humbling experience," said Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Steve Rahn. "Giving back is such a major part of who we are as both a team and University. When we found out we were heading to Memphis, we knew we had to take a trip to St. Jude's."
Spearheaded by senior Emily Snyder, the Cardinals spent the weeks leading up to the regionals doing individual fundraisers and reaching out for donations via social media.
"It was heartwarming to see so many people willing to help with out with the team's fundraiser," said Snyder. "Our tour really introduced us to the hope and healing available for children at St. Jude's. I'm grateful as a Catholic student-athlete that I was able to see a glimpse of this good before our race."
The day before the race, members of both the men's and women's cross country teams toured the facility, learning about the amazing research, treatment and hope it provides. Each member of the teams, as well as track and field, helped raise the $500 that the team was able to present on its visit.
"Emily and the rest of the cross country and track and field teams did an amazing job to help a great cause," added Rahn. "It speaks volumes to the character of our student-athletes and it makes me proud to be their coach."