PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Pace Women’s basketball team was honored this past Sunday at the Ninth Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. Head Coach Carrie Seymour accepted the Ed Klingele Memorial Award for outstanding volunteer service.
The run is designed so participants can run or walk in the footsteps of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who lost his life on 9/11 after making a heroic journey to the towers. He was on his way to help the morning of September 11th when his truck was stopped at the Battery Tunnel. With sixty pounds of gear strapped on his back, he ran through the tunnel in hopes of meeting up with his company at the World Trade Center. Runners and walkers retrace his very steps every year at this event.
Pace basketball is happy to support the foundation whose mission is to “follow Stephen’s footsteps through support of children who have lost a parent, firefighters, and military who have been seriously injured and sacrifice their quality of life in the line of duty.”
The team has been involved with the event since 2002, and has devoted the last Sunday of September to volunteering at the event, or in some cases participating in the run itself. Whether it is running, walking, or volunteering, the team gets together and heads down to the city to be a part of this great cause.
Pace basketball has had a close connection to the Siller’s, as Stephen’s brother Frank Siller coached several Pace players during their AAU days on the Staten Island Rebels. Frank has been a close friend and supporter of the program for years.
The Setters are honored to be recognized by the Stephen Siller Foundation and will continue to be proud supporters.
Pace tip-offs it regular season on Sunday, November 13 as they will open the 2011-12 season with a road game against the University of Bridgeport at 6 pm.