#LastShift2020 Gives Student Athletes The Opportunity To Lace Up One Last Time


Contact: Jennifer Hoffman

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Phone: 610-461-5987 ext. 303

Student Athletes Create Last Shift Campaign to Provide The Opportunity to Play One Last Time 

Calling all student-athletes, your season isn’t over yet! Three Student-Athletes are leading the charge and taking one last shift on April 6th, National Student-Athlete Day, to be the difference for cancer patients who are at the HIGHEST RISK of complications due to COVID-19 by participating in the Last Shift Virtual 5k Race.

Ally Kennedy (Stonybrook), Grant Ament (Penn State), and Michael Sowers (Princeton), have come together to lace up one final time, now they ask that you join them in their efforts. 

“These folks rely on the HEADstrong Foundation’s services. We are all at home, in shape, collectively upset that our season was cancelled, willing and able to do something together for the greater good. “remarked Michael Sowers.

While many schools, parks and tracks are closed due to restrictions, participants should run through their neighborhoods, on their treadmills or can even jog in place.  The key to this campaign is broadcasting your run via social media and uniting with fellow athletes across the country using #LastShift2020. 

“This is a way for us as Seniors to gain some closure on this season and hand the torch to the next class. We ask everyone to join us on April 6th and help circulate the message.” said Grant Ament. 

Nick’s playing career being halted due to uncontrollable circumstances is certainly relatable given the current climate. Being a collegiate student-athlete unknowingly prepared my brother for his fight against cancer. At just 19, faced with a terminal diagnosis, Nick confided in his teammates and their compassion and encouragement during that time gave him the assurance and motivation to create the resource that he wished existed for his own family as well as others who would follow in his footsteps.  He found the best version of himself in being part of a team. He considered it the highest honor to learn from and play alongside some of the best in the game. In a letter to his teammates in the last days of his life, Nick wrote “You are my pulse and while I may not be there with you; as long as you keep beating, I am still alive.” We are seeing so much of Nick in the efforts of these amazing student athletes who are rising amidst the current health crisis and using their voice in the most positive and constructive way possible.” Pat Colleluori, HEADstrong Chief Development Officer & Nick’s Brother.   

For Ally, getting her senior season cut short is something she never imagined but is looking at this as a new opportunity to play for the greater good. “This campaign means a lot to me, being able to be a part of something that’s much larger than myself in a time of adversity shows that it has always been more than just a sport for so many people.” she said.

There are 3 easy ways to support the Last Shift Campaign, so the HEADstrong Foundation can strengthen their commitment to those at highest risk as they fight cancer through financial, residential and emotional support. 

  1. Register for $20 at http://bit.ly/lastshift2020
  2. Donate via Venmo @HEAD-STRONG.  
  3. Donate via www.HEADstrong.org/donate

Make your last shift count and be a hero for those who need you the most.