The Wilmington College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and athletic department announced plans today (Friday, October 15) to take the campus’ Epilepsy Awareness efforts to a new level.
As an institution, Epilepsy touched the campus tragically last season as cross country runner Jenna Parlette collapsed during a cross country race moments from victory, and never recovered. She passed away three days later at an Indiana hospital.
Now starting with the football and women’s soccer games on November 1, all varsity teams will host a #JennaStrong game in which all the proceeds surrounding the event will go to the The Jenna Parlette Memorial Foundation.
“The spirit and passion that Jenna Parlette brought to Wilmington College are qualities the institution strives to build upon year after year,” said SAAC President Clay Cleaver.
The Fall Classic, which is held yearly, was renamed last year in her honor to the #JennaStrong Fall Cross Country Classic. The 2014 race was held today as more than 35 teams swarmed the campus for the event.
The men’s basketball team will also have their #JennaStrong event during November, which is Epilepsy Awareness month. The Fightin’ Quakers will host Mount St. Joseph 7:30 p.m. November 19.
“We are extremely proud that our student leadership has taken on the challenge of raising the awareness of Epilepsy in Jenna’s name,” said Terry Rupert, the Wilmington College Vice President of Athletic Administration and Director of Athletics.
Several teams have already set their #JennaStrong games for the 2014-15 season. The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will have their event on March 21, while softball plans on holding its #JennaStrong event on April 14. The baseball program plans to host their event on April 28.
Parlette was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in the sixth grade, and in 2008, she had a pacemaker and defibrillator installed due to an irregular heartbeat. While competing as a record-setting runner, she held a 3.5 GPA in physical and health education. She holds three school cross country and track records.