Sports Comm. to host ‘great time for a great cause’

To benefit United Way, the sports communications class will host a tailgate party on Wednesday, Oct. 26 outside McKenna gym. According to sophomore Katie Bloomgren, students will participate in a corn hole tournament, kan jam and ladder ball.

United Way, a national organization, strives to improve families, education, financial stability and healthy living. “It was founded by a woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi, so it is not strictly a one religion thing; it is for the betterment of human life in general,” said Bloomgren.

According to the United Way mission statement, “United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. It’s nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 40 countries and territories.” United Way encourages countless individuals to donate, advocate and help improve living conditions for fellow citizens.

Students and staff alike have expressed an interest in helping the cause of United Way. “Darren will be catering the event. His food and the way he sets it up is always awesome,” said Bloomgren.

Associate professor of business and sports management Robert Zullo will be overseeing the event. His management programs and communications classes have worked with United Way on several events.

In addition to games and food, the University of Pittsburgh game will be aired in the Griffin’s Lounge right off of McKenna. The Pitt Panthers will be playing the Connecticut Huskies beginning at 8 p.m.

“If that’s not for you, then the SHU women’s volleyball team will be playing at the same time against Wheeling Jesuit,” Bloomgren said.

There will be flyers posted throughout campus for more information. A table will also be set up outside of the Lowe Dining Hall leading up to the event for students to sign up members for their corn hole team. Students can also check out the Facebook page and share with friends.

This will be the second year SHU has hosted this event. Because of the good cause, student involvement and class experience, Zullo hopes to continue to host this tailgate extravaganza.

“It’s just going to be a fun time for a great cause,” said Bloomgren.


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