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Pace Basketball Lends a Hand at Tunnel to Towers Run

The Setters' women basketball team headed to Manhattan to volunteer at a 9/11 memorial race.

The following announcement is from the Pace University Department of Athletics. Share your sports results and photos by emailing pleasantville@patch.com or uploading them directly to this article.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- The Pace Women's basketball team volunteered at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run this past weekend in downtown Manhattan. The Setters have been involved in this event since its inception in 2002.

The run is designed so participants can run or walk in the footsteps of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who lost his life on 9/11 after making a heroic journey to the towers. He was on his way to help the morning of September 11th when his truck was stopped at the Battery Tunnel. With sixty pounds of gear strapped on his back, he ran through the tunnel in hopes of meeting up with his company at the World Trade Center. Runners and walkers retrace his very steps every year at this event.

Pace basketball is happy to support the foundation whose mission is to "follow Stephen's footsteps through support of children who have lost a parent, firefighters, and military who have been seriously injured and sacrifice their quality of life in the line of duty."

The team has been involved with the event since 2002, and has devoted the last Sunday of September to volunteering at the event, or in some cases participating in the run itself. Whether it is running, walking, or volunteering, the team gets together and heads down to the city to be a part of this great cause. 

Pace basketball has had a close connection to the Siller's, as Stephen's brother Frank Siller coached several Pace players during their AAU days on the Staten Island Rebels. Frank has been a close friend and supporter of the program for years.

Pace tip-offs it regular season on Wednesday, November 14 as they will open the 2012-13 season with a home game against Northeast-10 Conference foe Le Moyne College at 5:30 pm at the Goldstein Fitness Center.


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