GW plays ball for Turkish relief

GW students put on their softball mitts and took the field Saturday for the Student Association’s tournament to help the Turkish earthquake relief effort.

The SA raised about $1,000 for the Red Cross Turkish relief fund through the donations of each of the six participating teams, with the Muslim Student Association’s $500 coming out on top, SA Executive Vice President Caity Leu said.

“I thought it was a really good way to raise money and have fun at the same time,” Leu said. “There was a chance for groups that do not normally interact with each other to meet, as well as an opportunity to build camaraderie within groups.”

The University Policy Department won the tournament in a close game with the Graduate Teaching Assistant Adjunct Alliance. Seth Weinert, executive vice chair of the Program Board, said when his team encountered UPD for one of their games, they were “a force to be reckoned with.”

Dan Rouhier, who entered the tournament with the GW baseball team, said his team did not know that the tournament was for the relief effort until it was over, but when they found out about the cause, “it made (them) feel a little bit more important.”

Leu said the tournament was one of the many things the SA is doing for earthquake relief. She said they also put cans around campus to collect money and will be holding a dance marathon next weekend.

-Suzi Meyers

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