Hartwick Athletes Organize Benefit ‘Hill Race’

April 27, 2010

"We have such a wealth of resources, we have to get into our community and help any way we can."

That generous spirit expressed by Hartwick College soccer standout Jeremy Vuolo '10 has given birth to an exciting new event, The Hartwick Hill Race. Organized by Hartwick student-athletes, proceeds from the race up Oyaron Hill on May 8 at noon will benefit The Family Resource Network.

The Oneonta-based Family Resource Network works to represent the interests of families and individuals with special needs in funding, planning, monitoring, and advocacy of programs to enrich their lives. Funds raised through The Hartwick Hill Race will go toward the Anemarie Wenck Resource Fund, which serves to provide families with a special-needs child financial support for medical and other needs when other sources have been exhausted.

"Jeremy came to me and asked if [Hartwick's Student-Athlete Activities Board] could do a fundraiser for the Family Resource Network," explained Kathleen Wenck, Aramark Food Services Supervisor at Hartwick. "It falls into place so beautifully, because the Anemarie Wenck Fund was started in 1997 by two Hartwick students who wanted to help out, too."

Brian Armbrecht and Noah Keller, then Hartwick students, provided initial support for the fund--then known as C.H.I.L.D. Ride--during a cross-country bicycle trek. Vuolo and his fellow students are continuing that tradition of generosity and engagement through The Hartwick Hill Race.

The race course is approximately 1.25 miles long. The event will start at Saxton Hall and finish at the top of the Hartwick campus on Strawberry Field. Although a relatively short distance, the majority of the race will be uphill running. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers for individuals and "caterpillar" teams. The registration fee is $7 for students and $10 for the general public. Online registration is available at In-person registration will begin at 11 a.m. at Saxton Hall on the morning of the race. All participants will receive a t-shirt upon registration, and a free ice-cream social is planned at the conclusion of the race.

For more information on the race, contact Vuolo at or 484-888-6572, or the Family Resource Network at 607-432-0001 or

On race day, the Eric Douglas Dettenrieder Memorial Fund will partner with the Hartwick College men's and women's soccer teams to offer a free soccer clinic for young people with disabilities. The clinic is an opportunity for local youth with disabilities to learn how to play soccer in a non-competitive environment. The clinic will be held on Elmore Field at Hartwick College from noon to 2 p.m., and will conclude with ice cream and an awards ceremony for participants.

The free clinic is open to children and young adults with disabilities. No prior experience is needed to participate. Hartwick College coaches and soccer players will lead the clinic, teaching basic skills through activities and games.

Registration for the clinic is required. Contact Gretchen Owens at 802-399-4366 or to register. To find out more about the EDD Memorial Fund programs, visit

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