POTSDAM, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The Bears and other community members traveled from the Barrington Student Union on campus to Ives Park in downtown Potsdam. This is the first year the team has participated in the walk. The Bears were able to raise $1,713 towards suicide awareness, the third highest amount by participants.
“We are very pleased with the amount of effort and energy our players put into helping out the community and supporting this cause,” said Bears assistant coach Courtney Laughlin.
The Out of the Darkness Walk helps raise money for research and education programs to prevent suicide, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and to provide support for survivors of suicide loss. The walk raised over $13,774, exceeding the goal of $8,500.