March 14, 2013

RAMS PARTNER WITH LUMBER LIQUIDATORS TO PROVIDE GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE FOR MADISON SQUARE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Havoc is heading to the Big Apple this weekend and thanks to a great partnership with Lumber Liquidators and VCU's chapter of Theta Delta Chi, the VCU Athletic Department is giving 100 children from the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club an "Atlantic 10 Tournament Gameday Experience."

Through the partnerships, these children will receive tickets, food and much more to Saturday night's Atlantic 10 Conference semifinal session at the prestigious Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"Part of our quest for distinction is community engagement and that community is not limited to the Richmond area. We're such a diverse university and athletic department and we want to continue to engage the VCU brand across the country and world with opportunities like this one," Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin said. "Through tremendous support from our corporate sponsors like Lumber Liquidators, we're able to continue supplying these unforgettable experiences for children all over the country."

Since 1884, Madison has been saving and enhancing the lives of youth by providing after-school and summer programs for children in New York City's most disadvantaged communities.  Programs are engineered to empower each member to achieve three priority outcomes:  Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and the adoption of a Healthy Lifestyle.  Every day, Madison provides thousands of children with a safe and positive environment, one where fun is encouraged and positive role models are plentiful.  A founding member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, at seven sites throughout Brooklyn and the Bronx as well as at Camp Madison in Kingston, New York.  www.madisonsquare.org

"We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting weekend for the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams as they play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.  It is an experience of a lifetime for the 100 of our middle school youth who will be going to cheer the team on and will not soon be forgotten by any of our members," Executive Director of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Joseph Patuleia said. "Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has been a well-known presence in the New York City community for more than a century, so it is only fitting that our members help to welcome the Rams to the Big Apple!" –

Theta Delta Chi was founded in 1970 at VCU and prides itself as being the first fraternity on campus. In addition to its social persona, its charge has a strong philanthropic and community service tradition. With a mixture of pride, tradition, and history, Theta Delta Chi has been, and continues to be, a strong group of close friends dedicated to each other. Two of its members, Dan Oshinskie and Bill Schwartz, have been an integral part of making this event happen for the Boys & Girls Club.

"The brothers of Theta Delta Chi are proud to help sponsor this "win-win" event.  Club kids get an afternoon of high-quality college basketball entertainment and an opportunity to witness some life-changing inspiration," Oshinskie said. "It also allows an alumni organization, the Athletic Department and the corporate community a chance to collaborate in giving back by doing good in the local community.   In all, it's a great fit with Coach Smart's history of community service and his emphasis on the importance of education."

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