Written by: Chandler Carroll, Sports Marketing Academy Intern

Miami's synchronized skating teams traveled to Cincinnati on September 29 for the Cincinnati Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This year the teams raised $4,550! Four skaters from the three teams participated in the 10K run earlier in the morning including: Lexi Monti, Erin D'Amato, Colleen Clancy, and Allie Rosemann. The four girls waited for the rest of the group to finish the race and walked with the rest of the group to the finish line. Bobbie Jo Sanderson organized the event for the other 51 skaters to travel to Cincinnati for the Race for the Cure. Sanderson is a senior on the collegiate team and one of the two captains this year.

When asked Sanderson what it meant to her as an individual to contribute to the community,

"My motto is if you can help then why not? Race for A Cure is a prime example of that. Taking one day out of the year and showing our support for breast cancer fighters and survivors is the least we can do as a community to empower the brave women who have faced and are still currently facing breast cancer. Completing the fundraising and the walk gives me a huge sense of personal accomplishment and hope because of the thousands that come out in their pink to show support."

Sanderson decided last year to involve Miami Skating into the breast cancer type of service because breast cancer primarily affects women and Miami Skating would excel at helping this cause.

Sanderson explained her connection with cancer and she said "I do not know someone who has passed from breast cancer, but I did have a childhood friend who died of three types of cancer two Aprils ago at the age of 21. "

It is still not easy to lose someone from any type of cancer and this really shows how passionate Bobbie Jo is as a person to help people with raising money, involving other people with these types of services with cancer in general.

Lastly Sanderson was asked what it meant to the team overall and she replied that "Statistically, at least three members of our team will battle breast cancer later in life, so knowing that our actions today can save their lives tomorrow is very powerful. "

Her favorite part of the day is seeing the massive amount of pink in the downtown area of Cincinnati.

Miami Skating also contributed to the community in three different activities on October 6, 2012. Roxanna Schmidt is a sophomore on the senior team and participated in the Walk of Generations at the Knolls of Oxford. This particular event consisted of contributing $10 to help raise money for the senior citizens around the Knolls. Sixteen of the 52 skaters went to this event together and walked around the Knolls three times to walk a mile to a beautiful morning and a scenery of the beautiful homes that the lovely senior citizens of Oxford live in. The entire event went on from 10 a.m. to noon. Schmidt describer her enjoyment of doing community service and what it means to her. "I really like doing community service because I am pleased that I am able to give back to the community. It was fun to help out the Knolls of Oxford and also the donation we gave them to participate. My favorite part was getting exercise and being able to share it with my teammates."

Melissa Marchese participated in the Trick or Trail at the Oxford Community Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday night on October 6, but the event went from noon-7 p.m. Marchese is a sophomore on the junior and collegiate teams. Marchese was also on the junior and collegiate teams last year and is coming in with a year under her belt and ready to take on this season. "I enjoyed volunteering at the Trick-or-Trail walk because it allowed me to get involved in the Oxford Community beyond the gates of Miami.  During the event I stood at a station and directed walkers and runners to follow the trail, and helped clean up afterwards."

Lexi Monti is a sophomore on the junior team; this is her second year on the junior team and participated in the Kids Carnival at Kramer Elementary School on Saturday October 6, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. but the Carnival was from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ten skaters out of the 52 helped out at this event on Saturday during the three different shifts. Monti mentioned what community service is defined in her eyes and what she did at the Carnival. "It's a special, unique experience that makes me feel grateful that I can give back to the community. I painted little kids nails and my favorite part was painting a little boy's one nail. Every time his older sister gets her nails painted he has to get one painted. Being able to be a part of this is what makes community service fun."