During halftime of the men's basketball game on Monday night, the exciting 2015 SAAC Table Tennis Tournament to benefit the "Each One Counts" Foundation came to an exciting close with members of the Villanova men's tennis team, Michael Rosengren and Tim Abbracciamento, claiming the title.
Earlier in the month on February 8, the Villanova University Athletics Department's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its 5th Annual Table Tennis Tournament benefitting the `each one counts' Foundation. Over 250 Villanova student-athletes took part in the all-day march madness style tournament.
Abbracciamento and Rosengren battled against Andrew MacMillan and Will Byrne, members of the men's golf team at Villanova, before taking the title with a final score of 19-7.
The partnership between the Villanova Athletics, SAAC and the `each one counts' Foundation has grown strong over the past five years. The `each one counts' Foundation was started by former Villanova Men's Basketball player Brian Harrington, a member of the 1985 Championship Team.
The sole purpose of the foundation is to ease the physical pain and suffering of chronically and terminally ill children. The foundation provides funding for complimentary pain management therapies such as massage, hydro, art, music and yoga to name a few. Since its founding, the foundation has funded more than 16,000 pain management therapies and distributed more than $500,000 in grants to its pediatric hospice and palliative care partners.
Over the past five years, specifically with the Table Tennis Tournament, Villanova Athletics and its SAAC program have partnered with the `each one counts' Foundation to raise funds and bring attention to the work being done to ease the lives of children facing terminal illness. This year, SAAC raised $1,200.00 which will go directly to the foundation.
For more information on the `each one counts' Foundation and the important work Brian Harrington is doing, please visit: eachonecounts.org