University Police and students unite for a good cause

OSWEGO, N.Y. — As students began to file into Sweatman Gym Thursday, the toy donation bin began to fill up.

This year, the 3rd annual University Police Dodgeball Tournament was raising money for the SUNY Oswego Toy Drive. Officer Kevin Ermann, the event’s organizer, says he tries to pick a different charity to support each year. 

“I noticed that we do a toy drive each year. Just something easy for the students to [bring],” said Officer Kevin Ermann. “I know some college students are short on money…and it’s something that the college is doing already. So, it’s easy to back up the toy drive that already exited, so we are just kind of boosting that.”

Officer Kevin Ermann (in the Santa hat) explaining the rules for the tournament

Even though the competition was intense, everyone was still having a great time. Emily Balmer and her teammates are a part of SAVAC. They decided to come out to this event and support the University Police since they work with them a lot.

“It’s fun,” said Emily Balmer. “You get to throw balls at police.”

The donation bin filled with toys brought by students, faculty, and police officers

The SUNY Oswego Toy Drive is going on from Wednesday, December 4th to Wednesday, December 11th. The toy drive is partnering up with the Oswego County Children’s Fund to make sure every child in Oswego has a gift to open this holiday season. To get involved, you can look for the Christmas Trees located throughout campus.