Daemen College Associate Professor Bridget Niland Named YMCA Buffalo Niagara Volunteer of the Year

Daemen Alumnus Ray Hammel '97 also Recognized for Volunteer Efforts for YMCA 


May 2, 2013



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            Daemen College Associate Professor of Business Administration Bridget Niland has been named Volunteer of the Year by the YMCA Buffalo Niagara.


            Daemen alumnus Ray Hammel ‘97, of the Ken-Ton Branch YMCA was also honored as a Volunteer of the Year. Hammel is a graduate of the Daemen College Physical Therapy Program, and holds several degrees: Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, 1997 (minor: Biology); Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Orthopedic, 2004; and Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2006.


            Niland was recognized in part for her efforts in the development of the YMCA Strong Kids Shootout Event. Started by Daemen Sport Management students in March, 2012, the event is now being used as a template for other YMCA's throughout Western New York.


            YMCA Strong Kids is an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much needed resources to support proven YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities they need to live healthier, happier lives now, but also to grow into productive adults. 


            “Changing lives for the better in the Western New York community is a central value for Daemen, one that the College was founded upon,” said Daemen President Dr. Gary Olson.


            “The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign does just that, year after year. Through their effort and innovation, Bridget Niland and the students in the Daemen Sport Management program are now making a difference in the lives of kids across the region.”


            YMCA Strong Kids donations help the Y to ensure people of all ages are healthier and more productive regardless of their background or financial situation. A few of the many results of the campaign include helping a child learn to swim; helping a teen to learn to lead and feel success; enabling a child to participate in a recreation or physical activity, or enabling a family to obtain trusted, quality child care.


            Niland will receive her award at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Annual Meeting, May 1 at the Statler Golden City Ballroom in Buffalo.


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