Oct. 24, 2017

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ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Oakland University student-athletes volunteered last Friday in the inaugural `Trick-or-Treat at the O'rena' event as kids and their families from the Children's Leukemia Foundation gathered for a night of candy, crafts and games.

Student-athletes from all 18 of Oakland's varsity sports, including Grizzly Motion, decorated their respective locker rooms in a theme of their choice. A variety of themes were chosen to completely transform the space anywhere from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, superheroes to Haunted Mansion and everything in between. All of the children participating in the event were invited to trick-or-treat among the locker rooms in addition to partake in arts and crafts and join student-athletes in Halloween themed games.

"They gave children and their families a chance to celebrate and not have to focus on their illness or treatment," Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services Holly Kerstner said. "I know how important it is for our student-athletes to be able to spend time with children and so many of them are majoring in programs that involve working with children and families so this is practical experience and giving back to the community they are part of."

More than 100 children and their families were in attendance for the event Friday night. Previously the event was called `Trick-or-Suite' and was held by a local hotel, this year it was held on campus inside the O'rena and was made possible the generous donations and volunteers from around campus and the community.

Oakland University Athletics and its student-athletes look forward to this becoming an annual event around the holiday season.


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