LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell’s men’s lacrosse team has a goal that reaches far beyond scoring points in a game: Their goal this spring is to send care packages, T-shirts, and letters to soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division B-troop, 3-73 Cavalry, who are stationed in Iraq.

According to Matt Antonelli '10, a team member from Arnold, Md., who is spearheading the effort, the team will send specially designed Bucknell T-shirts to the unit along with personal letters written to each soldier.

"As a team, we're really excited about doing this," Antonelli said. "The guys serving over there are the same age as us, and we’re here getting to play a sport at a dream school while they’re over there fighting. It makes us feel good that we can help them out."

'The Bounty Hunters'
In October and December the team sent two packages containing food, drink mixes, magazines, sports equipment, and games to the 82nd Airborne, who are also known as "The Bounty Hunters."

Sid Jamieson began Bucknell's efforts to help soldiers in Iraq through his partnership with Americans Supporting Americans, an organization that encourages corporations, teams, and whole communities to "adopt" troops in Iraq as a way to raise their morale. Bucknell was the first lacrosse team to "foster" a unit, and since then Jamieson has influenced more than 50 teams across the nation to get involved.

"We’re all in some way connected to the situation in Iraq," Jamieson said. "There are a lot of people who appreciate the value of this kind of project. It’s heartwarming and it helps to foster real bonding between the players."

Previous fostering efforts
Bucknell has previously fostered the 101st Airborne and the 73rd Cavalry Regiment.

For more information, visit Americans Supporting Americans.  

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 5, 2007

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