Since 1974, Ronald McDonald House Charities has been helping families with their finances during extremely emotional and stressful times. The House helps over 7 million families annually and the organization is continuing to grow. With locations all over the world, Ronald McDonald House Charities is located in 78% of the world’s children’s hospitals. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities or to donate, please click here: LINK
During the 2013 fall semester, students in Professor Karen Lockyer’s Foundations of Sport and Fitness Management course worked collaboratively to hold fundraisers for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Students designed projects which allowed them to develop real-world skills, while also benefiting members of the community. Jim DeMaria, Vice President of Development for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and an Adjunct Professor in the Lewis University Sport and Exercise Science Department, worked with Lockyer to refine this fundraising project.
Each year, the students make their donations to a different house in the Chicagoland Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year, the students donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oak Lawn which is associated with Hope Children’s Hospital; and the spring 2013 semester students supported the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. After the two semesters of conducting this project, the classes have raised over $5,000. At the end of each semester, the students are invited to the Ronald McDonald House they selected to present their donation, tour the facility, and see how their donations were utilized. The course plans on continuing this project and donating to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in future semesters.