November 7, 2012

Student-Athletes Host Another Successful Trick-Or-Can Event

TACOMA, Wash. – Puget Sound student-athletes hit the streets of the North End of Tacoma last Sunday for the annual Trick-or-Can event. Every year, Logger student-athletes go door-to-door collecting canned food to donate to the local food bank.

This year, the Loggers collected 2,302 pounds of canned food to donate to the Tacoma FISH Food Bank. The total of over one ton of food maintained the high standards that the Loggers have established over the nine-year history of this event. The Loggers were just 19 pounds shy of last year’s record-breaking donation.

“It is amazing to see such a commitment from all the student-athletes for this event. Watching hundreds of our student-athletes go out into the community to help serve people in need during this time of year really shows the power that Puget Sound Athletics can have,” said Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Chris McDonald. “I'm really proud that we can have this tradition carried out for nine years now, and that every year we can maintain such a high level of commitment and dedication from all of the student-athletes.”

The annual tradition involved student-athletes from nearly all of the Loggers’ 23 varsity teams on campus. The men’s and women’s soccer teams helped load the food into cars and make the sizeable donation at the food bank.

“Events like Trick-or-Can prove that we can make a difference in the community, and that our athletes are committed to giving back to a community that helps us out in so many different ways,” added McDonald.


The mission of the University of Puget Sound Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student-athlete image to the campus and community. The SAAC supports the core values of the University of Puget Sound. 

Nate Backes
Seattle, Wash.
Bishop Blanchet HS

Nate Backes went on a tear last week, tallying at least one hit in all four games the Loggers played en route to a 3-1 record and a series sweep of Lewis & Clark. Backes had multiple hits in three of the four games and went 3-for-4 in the series finale against the Pioneers on April 13. In that contest he ripped a double and legged out a triple, falling just a homer short of the cycle. With the base knocks he brought in three RBIs for the Loggers while scoring two himself, accounting for five of the Loggers' 11 runs on the day. In all he tallied eight hits, five runs, and eight RBIs last week, hitting for an even .500 average. Thanks to the hot bat, he leads the Loggers in batting average, RBIs, doubles, homeruns, and is tied for the lead in hits. Backes and the rest of the Puget Sound baseball squad travel to Forest Grove, Ore., for a three-game series at Pacific this season.