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Vikings Raising Funds for Student-Athlete Battling Cancer

Fighting For Justus 
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CONTACT: Adam Sopris, 518-629-7898,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, January 26, 2018

The Hudson Valley Community College athletics department and the college community have come together to organize a fundraising effort for Vikings men's basketball student-athlete, Justus Simon, on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex.

In concert with the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, the Vikings athletic department has established an online fundraising campaign to support Justus and the Simon family. The athletics department has created "Justus Simon" t-shirts and they will be available to purchase for $20 during the Community & Sports Spirit Day on Saturday, Feb. 3 in the McDonough Sports Complex. All donations and proceeds will assist the Simon family directly.

Justus, a business administration major, was in the first semester of his freshman season at Hudson Valley Community College, where he was a member of the Vikings men's basketball program. Simon played in 11 games and started twice for the Vikings during the Fall semester and averaged 5.9 PPG and shot 36 percent from the floor.

Prior to enrolling at Hudson Valley, Simon, a Troy native, attended Green Tech high school where he played two years of varsity basketball and track and field.

For additional information about Spirit Day, how you can support the Simon family or t-shirt purchases, please email Adam Sopris at

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 85 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 11,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.