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SAAC `Booling' a Success

Oct. 30, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Three blind refs, an All-American Gladiator, and some hippies were just some of the characters that came out Monday night as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its annual "Booling" event.

For the second consecutive year, the event, which took place at El Dorado Lanes, was aimed at supporting the St. Joseph's Center in Los Angeles. In total, LMU's student-athletes donated over 250 canned food items while bowling and partaking in various costume contests. St. Joseph's Center is an organization that assists families and the homeless with food, shelter, and a variety of other support services. The annual canned food drive comes just in time for St. Joseph's Thanksgiving rush, and the center thanks the entire LMU community for the donations.

Each person was required to bring a can of food to enter, and the teams who came in costume, participated in bowling, and brought a non-perishable food item, received points for their team towards the Lion's Cup Competition. The Lion's Cup is an internal competition in which the 21 sports at LMU compete against one another in various areas - including community service, support at other campus events and other athletic events.

Prizes were given for the best bowlers and costumes. The official "Booling" Champion proved to be the women's water polo team, which received the "golden shoe" award for its efforts. Out of the many individual costumes, the best female costume went to Mia Cesena from softball. The best male costume went to Hansen Perkins of the Men's Crew team, who was one of the three blind refs. The best bowler award went to Kirsten Slouber of softball, who scored a 199 to beat all competition, while the best male bowler was Daniel Smith from men's water polo with a score of 192.

As for what is next on the list for SAAC, "Lions in Action" will be back at it in the coming weeks, continuing their beach clean-up, work at Path's Soup Kitchen, and volunteering at Kentwood Elementary's annual Turkey Trot.


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