Red and orange made green when the Syracuse University Basketball greats came out between 3 and 6 p.m. on Friday Feb. 26 to partner with the Red Cross, Time Warner Cable, Citadel Broadcasting and WCNY to raise funds for earthquake relief in Haiti.
WCNY in LIverpool set up a phone bank to accomodate former SU stars, Derek Coleman, Billy Owens, John Wallace, Todd Burgan, Roosevelt Bouie, Rafael Addison, Greg Monroe, Wendell Alexis, Dale "the original Shack" Shackelford, Howard Triche, Pearl Washington and Lawrence Moten, who raised $41,639 with the help of 30 Red Cross volunteers.
The event was broadcast live on "On the Block" program hosted by Brent Axe for Citadel Broadcasting, as well as for Time Warner Cable 13 and Orange All Access via SUathletics.com. Orange basketball All-American and NBA All-Star Derrick Coleman said the 'Cuse Cares Telethon is the first step in an effort to re-connect former Syracuse student-athletes with the University and the Syracuse community.
"Our years at Syracuse were the best times of our lives," Coleman said. "The friendships I developed in school are some of the strongest I have now. My college friends are still my best friends. This 'Cuse Cares Telethon is the start of our re-connecting. We want to show people we are serious about building that connection. We welcome everybody, not just basketball. We want to get together and use all of our resources to help the University, the community."
At the end of the day, the last of the volunteers posed for a picture with WCNY's George Kilpatrick and several former SU stars. Can you pick them out? One hint: Kilpatrick is standing next to former SU 6' 11" center Roosevelt Bouie,who was one of Coach Jim Boeheim's first recruits. Bouie is now managing a semi-pro basketball team the Buffalo Stampede.