Roger Roll, Friend

Volunteer Recognition Award

By Barbara A. Byers

Release Date: March 20, 2012

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Roger Roll

There may be no other person who has logged more volunteer hours for the UB Department of Athletics than Roger Roll, a friend of the university. And if he isn't volunteering at an athletic event, he is busy recruiting others in his vast athletic network to do so, or else in the stands cheering on the UB Bulls.

Roll has worked every home track and field meet and every home cross country meet held at UB since 1998. He was also instrumental in starting an alumni reunion program for former track and field athletes, and helped put together the largest cross-country reunion in UB's history.

His work is not limited to track and field events; Roll has also coordinated volunteers to work swimming and diving championships and on the sidelines for UB soccer games. A former wrestler himself, Roll has volunteered for numerous wrestling tournaments, and he also coordinates UB's Takedown Cancer fundraising event, named for a UB wrestler who lost his battle with cancer after his senior year. His efforts have raised more than $60,000 for cancer research to date.

"Though not a UB graduate, my love for college athletics and UB will always have me bleeding blue and white," Roll said.