Sports Management students raise funds for McDonald House

Sports Management students raise funds for McDonald House

Published: July 12, 2013.

During the Spring semester, Sport Management students raised more than $3,390 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. The students were enrolled in Foundations of Sport and Fitness Management, a course taught by Karen K. Lockyer, professor and department chairperson.

The funds were enough to support 60 families’ one night stay at Ronald McDonald House. In gratitude, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana are recognizing Lewis University with an engraved brick for the Ronald McDonald House supporting the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

The students are formed into teams in the beginning of semester with the goal of raising enough funds to purchase the brick. “The students set a great goal to help this worthy organization. The project develops many skills that will transfer into the workplace, such as project management, team building skills and logistical planning,” Lockyer commented. The students planned a variety of activities, such as athletic tournaments and wristband sales.

The students involved in the project included: Tarek Aboukheir, Anthony Baldassano, Zachary Ballon, Cory Bonner, David Bryant, Nicholas Dicosola, Christopher Doogan, Shane Fergus, Katherine Fuerst, Victoria Hanford, Thomas Helwich, Mariyah Henley, Ryan Herron, Matthew Jemilo, Kara Jindrich, Brianna Koren, Sean Quirk, McKenna Ryan, Michael Schroeder, George Thomson, James Tufexis and James Weissensel.

“I’ve enjoyed doing this for a few years with the students. It gives me an opportunity as a faculty member to mentor them along the way,” Lockyer added.

In previous years, the students enrolled in Lockyer’s Sport Management course raised more than $5,000 benefiting the Chicago Hoops Classic Basketball Game and the Norm Van Lier Foundation.

Lewis University offers a Sport Management major, an interdisciplinary program preparing students for the vast diversity of positions in the sport and fitness industry. The capstone experience for students is the internship course, which provides real world experience in the sport and fitness discipline.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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