Utica College Football program, alumni donate Thanksgiving dinners

Utica College graduates Anthony Beaubrun and Ryan Burnett teamed up with the current Utica College football team to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to families at Upstate Cerebral Palsy.

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 6:33 PM

Utica, NY - The Utica College football program and some Utica College alumni celebrated the season of giving by making a thanksgiving delivery to Upstate Cerebral Palsy on Friday.

They dropped off boxes of food containing turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

“I played football at Utica College that's how I met William Pluff (Pioneers Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator) who kind of helped us organize this whole thing,” said Beaubrun. “He ended up setting up a donation with the team getting them to each donate at least $1 and our head coach Blaise Faggiano was going to match that. So that's how we got our turkeys involved.”

Alumni Anthony Beaubrun and Ryan Burnett say the city's impact on them helped spark this initiative.

“We're both not from the area of Utica but we went to Utica College and it served a purpose for us for a long time,” said Burnett.

“Growing up I've always seen people give back. Even at a young age I was fortunate enough to have my mother have Thanksgiving at the house, but I was also fortunate to give back at a young age as well. As you get older you get a different feeling and really see that people really do need it, so why not do it if you have it.”

Utica College football is one of the many fall sports teams around the country to have their season canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alumni hope players use this experience to grow.

“I know how hard they work especially for your senior season is your last go around. But they should just be positive. This is a different situation for them and I know that they'll learn from it and grow and it's not always all about football and I know they will learn more to life with just this whole pandemic happening to them,” added Burnett.

“I look forward to doing much more events like this and I think giving back is the biggest thing you can do in your own lifetime,” said Beaubrun.

This donation will help feed eight families who receive services at UCP.

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