Syracuse Sport Management Program Hosts Annual Charity Event, Pink Zone Tops $1.3 Million

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The results are in, the WBCA raked in over $1.3 million during this year’s Pink Zone effort to drive breast cancer awareness and research. But first, Syracuse students take the reins for a successful charity event. Also, a Wildcat get his own signature bottle, and plans announce to remember Bleakley.

Syracuse University: The Syracuse University Sport Management Club held its fourth annual Charity Sports Auction and Jrecks Distinguished Lecture Series last week, with former New York Yankees P and Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Abbot serving as featured speaker.

Club President Gordie Taylor: “Getting Jim Abbott to speak, well, he has a great education as a great motivational speaker with all the adversity he has faced and had to overcome. Plus, he is a New York Yankee, and having someone that the Syracuse natives can connect to is great.”

The Daily Orange’s David Baer noted that “while the aim of the Sport Management Club is to raise as much money as possible,” Taylor explains that “the success of the auction will not just be measured monetarily.”

Taylor: “This is a student-run philanthropy event. It’s kids helping kids. We are trying to raise money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital, but our big goal is not necessarily a monetary amount, because we know that no matter what happens, we are going to see the results over there at Upstate” (David Baer, The Daily Orange, 4/1).

Pink Zone: The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced that the 2009 WBCA Pink Zone initiative has unified 1,636 teams and organizations through their participation in the 2009 breast cancer awareness campaign, held February 13-22. Donations raised thus far surpass $1,362,000 and more than 912,000 fans were reached across the nation. Over 56 schools broke attendance records through participation in the WBCA Pink Zone (WBCA).

Kentucky Wildcats: The Kentucky Kernel’s Laura Clark reported that Maker’s Mark is honoring the success of Univerisity of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks. The new addition is included in the Maker’s Mark/Keeneland limited edition charitable bottle series that supports UK projects.

Maker’s Mark, Keeneland and Brooks will team up with the UK Symphony Orchestra to raise money for a program that allows the orchestra to visit various outreach programs throughout Kentucky (Laura Clark, Kentucky Kernel, 3/30).

Will Bleakley: In Tampa, Brett McMurphy reported that The 2009 St. Petersburg Storm will host the first “Will Bleakley Memorial Baseball Tournament” April 30-May 3. The event honors former University of South Florida football player Will Bleakley, who was lost at sea with two NFL players on a March 1st fishing trip. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward a scholarship fund at USF for a high school graduate who “exemplifies the courage, kindness and commitment that Will showed” (Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune, 3/31).