October 8, 2011 — On Sunday, three Yale alumni will participate in the “Run for Mandi” to honor former women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’11, who lost her two-year battle with leukemia in April.
Alyssa Clarke ’09, Bray Ketchum ’11 and Jackee Snikeris ’11, who all skated alongside Mandi on the hockey team, will run in the New York Road Runners Staten Island Half-Marathon in order to collect donations for the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Bursary.
“None of us have run 13.1 miles before, but we have trained for rigorous competition back when we were members of the Yale hockey team,” Snikeris said in a press release. “Mandi has given us inspiration during our long, hot training days preparing for this race. When we think we cannot go anymore, we remember our freshmen and sophomore years when Mandi was the ONLY one who passed the running test. She would finish this race and so will we.”
All proceeds will benefit the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Bursary, an organization that was established to raise money for Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Mandi’s high school in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.