It was sunny, breezy, and warm on April 24, as the SUNY Cobleskill campus community turned out to support an annual walk/run campaign that raises awareness and provides education about relationship abuse. Out of 27 SUNY campuses, SUNY Cobleskill placed first, racking up over 2.2 million yards. Most large Research I campuses across the country that participate reach about 1 million yards in a day. The College also accumulated well over 1,000 yards per full-employee. As Joseph Storch, Associate Counsel at SUNY stated, “This program is not just about accumulating yards, it is about reaching students and educating them on healthy and unhealthy relationships. While SUNY Cobleskill’s students and staff certainly ran and walked the most yards per student in the history of the program, more importantly, by reaching and educating so many students, Cobleskill’s work will change lives in ways that go far beyond April 2018. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio, PhD, observed: “This is a very proud moment for Cobleskill, but an accomplishment that is not surprising. We may be small, but our standards are high and our aspirations for ourselves are bold. This wonderful achievement was driven by Athletic Director Marie Curran-Headley and the entire Athletics Department. We strive to be good citizens, and all of our students took this to heart. They did it “Cobleskill-style.” It was an honor to walk with them.”

SUNY partners with the One Love Foundation on “Around the World: Yards for Yeardley,” established in memory of Yeardley Love. Love wore the number 1 on her jersey as a lacrosse player at the University of Virginia and was killed in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before her graduation.

The New York Jets, in partnership with SUNY and the One Love Foundation, support the program by providing two tickets to each participating campus. They also invited six student leaders from the campus that accumulated the most yards per official full-time employee to attend a Jets game in the coming season and sit with General Manager Mike Maccagnan and his wife Betty Maccagnan, a Foundation Board Member, in the Jets General Manager’s suite for the game.