The Colby-Sawyer's fall student-athletes began their preseason by giving back.

On Saturday, the Chargers teamed with Special Olympics of New Hampshire and members of New Hampshire Law Enforcement as part of the “To Serve and Protect” and “Fueling Dreams” initiatives to raise funds for Special Olympics.

All eight fall teams participated in the event, which took place at four different locations. The Chargers located at the Common Man Roadside rest areas in Hooksett, on 93 north and south, were joined by NH State Police, Hooksett Police and Concord Police. At Jake’s Market & Deli locations in New London and Enfield, the Chargers teamed with Special Olympians.

At each site, volunteers helped pump gas, wash windows, and spread the mission about Special Olympics.

“The students of Colby-Sawyer Athletics came out in full force for our Aug. 17 To Serve and Protect event,” said Special Olympics of New Hampshire Director of Development Carol Cray. “Their enthusiasm and drive at both Common Man rest stops on Route 93 and the Jake’s locations in Enfield and New London helped raise over $5000 in just four hours. It was a great fundraising day thanks to our law enforcement partners, our athletes, The Common Man, Jake’s and the energy and dedication of the Colby-Sawyer student-athletes.”

“The Colby-Sawyer student-athletes were phenomenal,” said Capt. Greg Ferry of the New Hampshire State Police. “They came in numbers, ready to work and with high-energy that made all the difference. This was a record-breaking day for us more than doubling our previous best day. I've been doing this a number of years and the way the student-athletes embraced the day directly resulted in great success. I can't thank Colby-Sawyer and the student-athletes enough.”

“This was a great event to be a part of to start the 2019 fall season,” said Colby-Sawyer Director of Athletics Bill Foti. “All of the student-athletes were enthused and engaged throughout the day. We look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership with the Special Olympics.”