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Battle of the Beaks is Back

Published February 08, 2023

The Battle of the Beaks rivalry and charitable effort returns to Nazareth as the Golden Flyers men’s and women’s basketball teams take on St. John Fisher on Saturday, February 11. The women play in Kidera gym at 5 p.m., and the men play at 7 p.m.

A big part of the Battle of the Beaks each year is the fundraising efforts that are coordinated by Nazareth students. T-shirts are sold, and ticket sales are always brisk. Faculty and staff play a part by donating $5 to wear jeans the day before the games. The proceeds support the music therapy program at Golisano Children's Hospital. Nazareth’s campus community has helped raise about $155,000 in donations in the past 14 years.

“The Golisano Children’s Hospital music therapy program has so many connections to Nazareth,” said Melissa Reed, Nazareth professor of music therapy. “All four music therapists at the hospital are graduates of Nazareth’s program, and Bryan Hunter, Nazareth music therapy professor emeritus, helped start the Golisano Children’s Hospital music therapy program more than 20 years ago. Our music therapy students are passionate about this event!”

An article titled “The Sounds of Solace” from Nazareth’s Connections magazine tells the story of why music therapy matters and shows Nazareth’s connections to the Golisano Children’s Hospital program. 

The Battle of the Beaks tradition began from a partnership fostered by Nazareth’s own Traci Lian, head women’s lacrosse coach, and Becky Fahy, associate professor in psychology. 

T-shirts ($10) are available to purchase in the Shults hallway (near the Forum) at lunchtime this week. Tickets will be available at the door on Saturday night.


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Battle of the Beaks t-shirts $10) are available to purchase in the Shults hallway (near the Forum) at lunchtime this week.