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Commodore teams fundraising for Special Olympics of Tennessee

March 19, 2014

(Editor's Note: This release was submitted by Vanderbilt's Student Athlete Advisory Council.)

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Commodores Compete for a Cause (CC4C) is an annual event in which Vanderbilt's varsity teams join together to compete to make a difference. This year student athletic leaders have chosen the Special Olympics of Tennessee as the beneficiary of their fundraising efforts. The team that raises the most money by April 20 will be considered the winner of CC4C. 

This event allows for student-athletes to learn about nonprofit organizations, raise awareness, raise money, and make a difference within the time constraints of being a student-athlete. In addition, this event brings our athletic community together through one common goal: making an impact in the lives of others. Furthermore, this event allows us as student-athletes to do what we do best: compete. 

Why did we partner with the Special Olympics of Tennessee? As Vanderbilt student-athletes, we are lucky to have been given the opportunity and ability to participate in the sports that we love and compete in each and every day. However, there are many people in the world, and even in our communities, who struggle with this. Sport and competition help foster teamwork, discipline, and confidence.

The confidence one learns from their sport helps them grow and become successful throughout their life. Through sport, persons without disabilities interact with persons with disabilities in a positive context compelling them to reshape assumptions about what persons with disabilities can and cannot do.

Sport changes the person with disability in an equally profound way by empowering them to realize their full potential. Through athletic competition, persons with disabilities acquire vital social skills and develop independence.

Sport is also well suited to reducing dependence and developing greater independence by helping persons with disabilities to become physically and mentally stronger. These skills can be transferred into other areas including employment and advocacy work further helping to build self-sufficiency. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to spread our love of our sport!

Please visit our different team sites ( and donate to your favorite Vanderbilt team! We appreciate your support and ANCHOR DOWN!

Here's how to donate:
1.) Go to

2.) Choose your favorite Vanderbilt team to donate through

3.) On the right hand side of the page, click the green "Donate" button

4.) *Enter in donation amount and click "Donate" to continue!

*All donations made through Razoo are secure. Visit this page for more information about their privacy and security policies.

If you have any further questions about this event please email senior lacrosse player Sarah Tustin at

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