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Cal Poly Student-Athletes Raise Record $3,300 for Hearst CRC

Cal Poly Student-Athletes Raise Record $3,300 for Hearst CRC

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Block P, Cal Poly's NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, raised more than $3,300 as part of the Big West Conference's 12th annual February Coin Drive.

The Mustangs collected $3,344 for Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital during the month.

The $3,300-plus amount represents the most the Mustangs have ever raised in a single year (as well as the second-highest total among the conference's nine universities for 2019).

HCRC offers patient navigation, social services and support programs, nutritional counseling, treatment techniques, an appearance center, and spiritual and therapeutic social activities for those living with cancer and their families.

Combined over the past eight years, Cal Poly's student-athletes have now raised $11,179 through the drive, with previous causes also including the Jessie Rees Foundation and CURE International.

Donations were collected at home games & matches, as well as online. By finishing in the top three in the conference, Cal Poly's committee receives a cash prize toward its 2019-20 budget.

"The commitment the Big West Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has demonstrated to charitable works over the years truly has been inspiring," Big West Conference commissioner Dennis Farrell said. "The Coin Drive is a symbol of their dedication and we look forward to the continued growth of the event."

Altogether between the Big West's nine universities, this year's drive generated $15,477 for charitable causes, also including: Team IMPACT (Cal State Fullerton); California Strong (CSUN); Beach Pantry (LBSU); UCI Breast Cancer Center (Irvine); Riverside Community Settlement Association (UCR); Food from the Heart (UC Santa Barbara); and Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (Hawai'i).

Block P — chaired by women's tennis senior Caroline Williams and men's swimming senior Dominic Dalpiaz — assists in organizing community service projects for all student-athletes, also including the annual Adopt-an-Angel program and reading programs in local schools.

Originally founded in 1921 before its contemporary realization as an NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Block P is one of several-hundred SAACs across the country offering input on rules, regulations and policies in the governance of student-athletes' lives on NCAA member-institution campuses.