Young fans grabbed lacrosse sticks, basketballs and footballs and stood side-by-side with their on-field SU heroes, while others received autographs from the likes of Jim Boeheim and Leo Rautins at the fifth annual Syracuse Legends and Stars day at Manley Field House on Sunday.
Syracuse University coaches, players and former stars gathered at the event, coordinated by the coaches wives, to benefit Elmcrest Children's Center, raising at least $20,000.
"Gary [Gait] and I visited the facility when we first moved here 6 years ago," Gary Gait's wife Nicole said. "We decided this is where we want to get involved..anything to do with kids."
The Elmcrest Children's Center has five different divisions, and brings in kids from infancy to adults that are mentally or physically abused. The facility gives them and their parents tools to help cope and bring their families back together.
At the event, SU fans were charged a fee at the door, and were able to meet several of the faces they have seen lighting up the SU turf over the years.
"The fans remember when they met you for the first time," Gary Gait, who is the women's lacrosse coach at SU, said. "They'll remember these athletes when they go on and play professional or for their national team or just years from now when they run into them."
For the legends, it's a benefit not only to Elmcrest Children's Center, but to also reach out and interact with their fans.
"It's my way of giving back and saying thank you for all that they did for me back when I was at school," Robert Drummond, an SU running back in the 1980s, says.
It was the first time the event was held in Manley Field House. Click here to watch a full interview with Nicole Gait about Syracuse Legends and Stars day.