SUNY New Paltz student Whitney Knowlton-Wardle of Chatham, Massachusetts was one of nearly 250 participants in the 13th annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee-organized community Leaf Rake, as New Paltz student athletes fanned out across the New Paltz region to help local residents clear their yards.
Nearly all 15 varsity sports teams were part of the community service event, raking leaves for the elderly and other community members.
"New Paltz is a very special place," said SUNY New Paltz field hockey senior, and SAAC President Samantha Ackerman. "The community outside of our campus is wonderful and filled with many kind people. All of us student athletes look forward to the annual leaf rake because we love to provide a helping hand to the community. It is important we take time to give back when we are playing our sport. Some of them are our biggest fans too!"