Name: Ariana Parker
Hometown: Kingston, NY
UAlbany Team: Women’s Lacrosse Student-Athlete
CRSS Race for Hope Volunteer since: 2011
1) What is your connection to the Capital Region? I grew up in Kingston, NY and was recruited to play women’s lacrosse at the University at Albany. I will be entering my junior year and the Capital Region has become like a second home to me.
2) The UAlbany Athletes have been a major volunteer force for the last 3 years. With “free time” being an obvious challenge for a full-time student athlete, what advice can you offer to other students who may not think it’s possible to fit in community service? I would say do something productive with the little time you are given. It’s always good to give back to the community and do something that you feel good about. It doesn’t have to be anything that is time consuming; it could even be a donation of some sorts. Just make sure you do something to show your appreciation for the community. The community is a great supporter of the University at Albany and the student-athletes so it’s important for us to show how much we appreciate all of the support.
3) Did you participate in any charity/community service events or organizations before coming to UAlbany? My athletic teams in high schools would participate in various food drives, walks/runs, and fundraisers. It was a good chance for us to bond as a team and give back.
4) What song gets you moving out the door for on race day? I listen to a good variety of music. I like anything by Drake, or Fab gets me pumped. Other times I’ll listen to some club mixes, throwback music; whatever I’m in the mood for.
5) What is the most rewarding part of participating in community and charity events like the CRSS Race for Hope? I would say the most rewarding part of participating in community and charity events like the CRSS Race for Hope is knowing that you are doing something to help others. It’s good to show others you care. For me it’s the fulfillment of making someone’s day a little brighter or doing something to show I appreciate the life and opportunities I am given. I believe giving back is very telling of a person’s character and is a very rewarding experience.
We are all touched in some way by cancer so this is an event that truly hits home for everyone. Even though I may not be able to provide support in a monetary way, simply giving my time to help a cause as great as this is just as important. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!