CRSS Race for Hope profile: Ariana Parker, UAlbany Athlete & Race Day Volunteer

Ariana Parker, UAlbany Lacrosse, “It’s always good to give back to the community and do something that you feel good about.”

Name: Ariana Parker

Age: 20

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.

“I would say the most rewarding part of participating in events like the CRSS Race for Hope is knowing that you are doing something to help others…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.”

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!

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About CRSS Race for Hope

Since 2009, the Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope events have raised over $200,000, of which all monies have been dedicated to fundraising, since overhead costs are underwritten by Capital Region Special Surgery. This year's 5K will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The major goal of the Capital Region Special Surgery – Race for Hope Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, is to make grants to not-for-profit organizations/programs serving uninsured and underinsured patients who are experiencing a financial hardship related to a brain, head, or neck cancer diagnosis in the Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington counties). Thus far, these proceeds have been allocated to the following local 501c3 organizations: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, Ellis Hospital Foundation, Inc., Saratoga Hospital—Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, and patient services at St. Peter’s Cancer Care Center.
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