Ronald McDonald House Receives $40,000+ from Lewis Students

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Ronald McDonald House Receives More than $40,000 from Lewis University Students

Published: January 23, 2017.

“We can’t thank Lewis University enough for all they have done for us,” said Jim De Maria, Vice President of Development for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

In the last five years, Lewis University Sport Management students raised more than $40,000 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 of Sport and Exercise Science at Lewis University. The fundraising project is part of the course’s curriculum.

“The project develops many skills that will transfer into the workplace, such as project management, team building skills and logistical planning,” Lockyer commented.

Five Ronald McDonald Houses provide a ‘home away from home’ to keep families together while their child is in the hospital. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana has the ability to provide 153 families housing each night. In one year, it provides over 43,000 nights of comfort, care and compassion to families.

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 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. Visit for further information.

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