SAAC Gives Back

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Assists SVDP
Release Date:
December 20, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Hamburg, NY – The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Hilbert College put their Santa hats on this holiday season and donated, on behalf of the Athletics Department, a cash donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Buffalo. In an effort to match the Society’s mission to fulfill two great Commandments – love of God and love of neighbor - SAAC reached out to their fellow student-athletes for financial contributions. The funds collected were also supplemented with a donation from club’s Student Government Association budget line.

On December 15th, $214.00 was hand-delivered to Mark Zirnheld, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Buffalo. He was very pleased and overwhelmed with the generosity of the student-athletes donation. Four family’s wishes will be met this holiday season due to the effort of the men and women’s soccer teams, the women’s basketball team, the men’s lacrosse team, and several anonymous donors within the department.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society seeks out God’s needy, both materially and spiritually, and helps where and when they can. SVDP is not just a ‘provider of emergency food orders.’ Vincentians are also concerned with the needs of the aged, lonely, handicapped, permanently sick or housebound, and persons in convalescent nursing homes and hospitals.  




Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.