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RMU Again Victorious in the "Penny Wars"

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pittsburgh -- For the second year in a row, Robert Morris student-athletes raised more than any of their Northeast Conference (NEC) rivals in the "Penny Wars" fundraising effort for the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation.

Student-athletes competed within their athletic departments and were challenged to raise more money than the other NEC institutions over a two-week period in January and February. RMU athletes raised $3,028 this year, their third participating in the fundraiser.

Since the start of "Penny Wars" in 2010, the NEC has contributed almost $22,000 to the Harrisburg-based foundation. The money raised goes to the charity's Helping Hands program, which provides financial aid to families whose children have cancer and who are struggling economically.

Leah Prentice, a women's soccer player at Robert Morris, said she is pleased with the outcome. "I'm very proud to know that we can come together and accomplish something this significant. The Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation is really such a worthwhile charity and it's just great that the conference has that connection with them."

Prentice is also a member of the RMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which consists of 50 members, all of whom participated in the fundraiser. Money was raised by donations from students, faculty, and the surrounding areas.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.