PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The Pace University women's basketball team volunteered at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in downtown Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 28.
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 Sept.11, 2001, when his truck was stopped at the Battery Tunnel. With 60 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 supports 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 12 times since its inception in 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 the cause. Pace basketball has had a close connection to the Sillers, as Stephen's brother Frank Siller coached several Pace players during their AAU days on the Staten Island Rebels. Frank Siller has been a close friend and supporter of the program for years.
Pace tip-offs its season at the Adelphi Tournament on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov.15, as the team takes on NYIT and LIU Post. The Setters open up at home on Wednesday, Nov. 19 as they welcome The College of Saint Rose in their Northeast-10 Conference opener at 5:30 p.m.