ST. LOUIS – The Saint Louis Student-Athlete Advisory Council hosted a charity dodgeball tournament in October. As part of the tournament, participants were encouraged to bring canned goods. Billiken student-athletes collected 315 cans to donate to Food Outreach.

SLU’s donation helps provide critical nutrition services to people trying to survive HIV/AIDS or cancer. Food Outreach was founded in 1988 to help people living with HIV/AIDS preserve their dignity and enhance their quality of life. In 2006, they expanded the mission to include people living with cancer. Today, Food Outreach has grown to serve more than 2,000 people living in 194 zip codes in the greater St. Louis area.

Billiken student-athletes are committed to the Jesuit tradition of community service and take to heart the importance of enhancing the lives of others. They are generous with their time and take great pride in volunteering for worthy endeavors such as assisting those who are less fortunate, serving as positive role models for children and raising money for important causes.

SLU students and staff have helped benefit a myriad of charities and organizations. A sampling is as follows: Special Needs Soccer Association (SPENSA), Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure, America SCORES, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society Cancer Walk, Keen Shelter, Karen House, Demetrius Johnson Charitable Foundation, Magic House Fitness Friday, Turkey Trot, SLU Make a Difference Day, Habitat for Humanity and SLU Campus Kitchen.