July 8, 2011
By Justin Lafleur
Lehigh Sports Media Relations
Liz Lucas' diary
One thing student-athletes undoubtedly receive at Lehigh University is a well-rounded experience. For a select trio of Jessica Miller (field hockey), Angelo DiGiacinto (men’s swimming) and Liz Lucas (softball), they’ve taken that statement to another level. They recently traveled to Ecuador in South America through SALSC (Student-Athletes Leading Social Change) where they assisted the native people in a variety of ways. That included using money they raised to build a school for the indigenous people.
As part of this year’s SALSC initiative, Lehigh student-athletes (and others from around the nation) raised money for underdeveloped Ecuadorian villages. The Mountain Hawks went on to raise approximately $18,000 through a variety of events, highlighted by a special Phone-A-Thon in February.
SALSC is nothing new for Lehigh and its student-athletes. Last year, women’s basketball standout Erica Prosser helped spearhead an initiative to raise funds and build a school in Kenya.
“I heard about the organization through some of the student-athletes that were involved the year it started,” said Miller. “I was immediately interested after hearing what it was about, but it was too late to get involved in that year's group. Then, after hearing about Erica's experience in Kenya last summer, I knew this organization was perfect for me.”
Joining the trio of student-athletes on the trip was Athletics Leadership Coordination Julie Sterrett, a former student-athlete herself. She serves as advisor for the Lehigh SALSC team. The four left on Saturday, June 11 and returned on Monday, June 20.
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