Albany, NY—The Sage Colleges' women's volleyball team recently took time out their 2017 pre-season schedule to do some community service. The team and coaching staff travelled to the Patroon Land Farm, a project of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The team helped to harvest food from the fields at the farm and participated in a project that annually helps to distribute of 100,000 pounds of food each year to those in need.
Head Women's Volleyball Coach Robert Verhayden and assistant coach Ariel Smith brought the team to the farm this week and spent several hours away from the courts to aid in this worth-while project. Verhayden said of the activity, "It was a unique team bonding experience that helped a great cause right in our back yard." He added, "The team really worked hard as there was a definite need for volunteers and every Gator was put to work on the farm. I was pleased that had meaningful work for every member of the team."
The Gators will open the 2017 season on September 1-2 competing at the Plattsburgh State Best Western-Ground Round Cardinal Classic with matches against Potsdam State, Wheaton College (MA), Plymouth State and the host Cardinals of Plattsburgh State.
Sage, the newest member of the empire 8 conference will host Bard College on September 13 in the team's 2017 home opener in Kahl Gym at 7 p.m. League play opens for the team on September 23 with road play at St. John Fisher College and Alfred University.