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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After helping raise more than $2,800 for ALS research and awareness, the Sacramento State athletics department and the Hornets' women's basektball team presented fundraising checks to the ALS Greater Sacramento Chapter on April 30 before the Sacramento State baseball game at John Smith Field.

The Sacramento State women's basketball team and marketing staff organized a "Threes for the Disease" campaign this past season in order to raise funds for ALS. The Jiffy Lubes of Greater Sacramento chipped in by sponsoring the fundraising effort and donated $10 for every 3-point basket the Hornets hit this season. After head coach Jaime Craighead's squad knocked down 216 shots from downtown, Jiffy Lubes of Greater Sacramento donated $2160 to the effort.

Junior guard Sami Field-Polisso, whose mother is battling ALS, made a team-high 69 3-point baskets to help raise $690 herself this season. Her 69 3-pointers were the third-most made in a single season in school history.

  “Helping to bring awareness to the issue of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is one of the biggest challenges The ALS Association has on its plate," said Amy Sugimoto, the executive director of The ALS Association, Greater Sacramento Chapter. "The partnership with the Sacramento State Hornets and the "Three’s for the Disease" campaign has helped to educate a whole new audience to the devastating effects of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

The Sacramento State marketing department also won another $500 for the ALS Greater Sacramento Chapter after a "Pack the House" game against Portland State on Jan. 29, 2010.

Universites across the nation selected a home game and designated that date as a “Pack the House” game with the goal of setting an attendance record. A winner from each of the 32 conferences and one from a group of independent institutions were named by the NCAA. Selections were based on marketing plan creativity and attendance criteria. The NCAA awarded prizes and donated $500 to the nonprofit organization of each winning institution’s choice. 

In conjuction with the "Pack the House" event, the Hornets donated all ticket revenue from the game to the ALS Greater Sacramento Chapter as well - netting another $225 for a grand total of $2885 donated to help fight ALS.

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