Touchdowns for Tots

By Megan Lee

In time for the holiday season and giving back to the community, Hilbert’s sports event management class, taught by Professor Roland, had to create and host an event. On November 19, at Hafner, one group in the class put together a flag football event benefiting St. Jude’s Hospital.

St. Jude’s Hospital is a leading children’s hospital that researches and treats kids with cancer and life-threatening diseases. According to their website, St. Jude’s mission is to “advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.” St. Jude’s is a well-known hospital and any individual can help support them just as this class did.

Jacob Olivieri, a junior and a member of the event group, says, “We raised $525 for St. Jude’s. I think we had about 60 people with players and spectators.” Olivieri continued to say, “The event went extremely well. Afterward, we were told to make this an annual event.”

touchdown for tots 1Touchdowns for Tots is only one example of how to support St. Jude’s; you can raise money and help in your own way. You can donate to the hospital or come up with an event like this class did.

In the end, all that matters is helping other individuals. As Olivieri says, “by hosting this event, we will help treat as many kids as possible.”

Photos by Megan Lee

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