WAUKESHA, Wis. – The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference has announced the 13th Annual 'Cans Across the Conference' campaign, which is already ongoing throughout the league's 13 campus sites as well as the conference office.
As winners of the last eight Cans Across the Conference competition, the Alverno Athletics Department has a lengthy title reign on the line as the department takes on its deepest field of competition to date with now 12 conference opponents, with the league's addition of Illinois Tech on July 1.
The competition is run by each of the school's student-athlete advisory committees (SAAC), as the groups collect canned goods and other non-perishable items at each school. In addition to food items, one dollar donated will equal two cans, and toiletries will also be counted.
Last year the 12 members of the league collected a combined 55,188 items, which set a new conference-wide record with Alverno leading the way at 18,787 items. Alverno is the only institution to have collected more than 20,000 items in a single year having eclipsed the mark in 2012 (25,284), 2014 (24,921), and again in 2015 with a record 27,203 items.
"This is an outstanding project that SAAC and all of the NACC student-athletes are undertaking. It benefits many people," commented NACC Commissioner G. Steven Larson. "Our institutions and student-athletes have done a remarkable job collecting over 405,000 items the last 12 years."
Collections are still ongoing around the Alverno College campus, while a SAAC-run table is set up during each lunch hour (12pm-1pm), during weekday. Inferno fans are also encouraged to bring donations to home events or the athletics office if unable to make it to a home game or on campus during the lunch hour. The department is accepting donations through Friday, November 16 in advance of the donation on Tuesday, November 20.