UMass Dartmouth, Shriners Sponsor Shrine Day Saturday

Sept. 14, 2011

(Dartmouth, MA) - For the ninth consecutive year, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Athletic Department will team up with the Southeastern Massachusetts Shrine Club and Shriners Hospital for Children to co-sponsor a pair of athletic events involving Corsair teams this Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

The day kicks off with the 39th annual UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational, a series of four races across the UMass Dartmouth campus. Later in the day, the Shrine Bowl Game will take place, pitting the Mariners of Maine Maritime Academy against the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs at Cressy Field. Kickoff is set for 1 pm

"All of the day's activities are an opportunity for the Shrine Club of Southeastern Massachusetts to raise public awareness for its work as "the world's greatest philanthropy," said UMass Dartmouth Athletic Director Ian Day. "We are very proud to work with the Shrine Club and its members to help them in their charitable efforts."

The longest running cross country race of its kind in New England, the UMass Dartmouth Invitational brings together almost 1,000 of the top NCAA Division III male and female cross country runners and teams from throughout New England. The events begin with the women's sub-varsity race at 10:30 am, followed by the women's varsity race at 11:15 am. The Robert "Buddy" Harris men's varsity race is scheduled to go off at 12 noon with the final race of the day, the men's sub-varsity race to start at 12:45 pm. An awards ceremony will cap the day's events at 2 pm.

With 500,000 Shrine members in North America, the Shrine Club sponsors Shrine Hospitals throughout the country and in Canada and Mexico. The hospitals provide treatment, research and education along with free care and services for children under age 18. The Shriners have two hospitals in Massachusetts, including the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston and the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, providing orthopedic and spinal care and research.

Parking for both the cross country races and the football game will be available in lot seven on the UMass Dartmouth campus, across Ring Road from the start/finish line.

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