Three student athletes to coordinate events during D3 Week

By Grace VanBeest,

Copy Editor


The Athletic Department and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee are teaming up for a successful “D3 Week” to celebrate student athletes.

Each day during the week of April 4 – 9, events are happening on campus, including academic recognition for athletes, treats, presentations, and student-run events.

Throughout the course of the week, three student athletes are coordinating events that all students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

The first is the “Strut Your Stuff Fashion Show” coordinated by senior women’s soccer player, Caroline Blackwood, on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Salvi Hall. The show will feature student models wearing professional looks to give aspiring young professionals outfit inspiration.



The Strut Your Stuff Fashion Show is open to everyone.
Graphic by Caroline Blackwood

The second event is the “Jogging for Jack Superhero 5K” coordinated by senior track and cross country runner, Jase Pater, on Sunday, April, 10, at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, this 5K run/walk is a fundraiser for Jack Cassidy, the 2-year-old son of Saint Mary’s head women’s soccer coach, Neil Cassidy.  

The Cassidy family recently discovered that Jack has a tumor on his jaw, diagnosed as Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). Jack is currently being treated with chemotherapy, steroids, and steroid injections. Jack is a super fan of super heroes, especially Superman—which is one of the reasons he has earned the nickname “Super Jack.” The real reason for the heroic nickname, however, is to recognize the strength Jack has shown while battling LCH.

Participants in the Jogging for Jack Superhero 5K are encouraged to incorporate the superhero theme into their costumes in further support of Jack and his family. The cost to participate is $15, with all proceeds going to the Cassidy family to assist with Jack’s medical expenses. Refreshments will be provided following the race. Register online at or mail registration forms to Saint Mary’s Athletic Department c/o Toni Winter, 700 Terrace Heights #62, Winona, MN 55987.

Jack Cassidy
Photo courtesy of Jase Pater and the Cassidy Family

The third event is “Strike Out Cancer Day” coordinated by senior baseball player, Cale Pieczysnki, on Saturday, April 9, at the Max Molock Field during the baseball team’s doubleheader against St. John’s University. The goal of this event is to promote awareness and provide support for those battling leukemia, lymphoma, and other types of cancer. In the days leading up to the event, Cardinal players will be collecting pledges from those interested in pledging an amount of money for every strikeout that Saint Mary’s records that day. Those who pledge are encouraged to write the name of an individual they know who has been affected by cancer on their pledge sheets, which will be read off between innings of the doubleheader.

During the games, Cardinal players will be wearing orange ribbon stickers on their helmets, as well as orange bracelets. Orange is the color associated with leukemia.

In addition to pledges, there will also be a donation table at the field for those who would like to donate on the day of the event. All proceeds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Individuals who cannot attend may also donate by visiting



Strike Out Cancer
Graphic courtesy of Cale Pieczynski


Author: The Cardinal

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