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Football tops St. Jude fundraising again in 2017

Football tops St. Jude fundraising again in 2017
St. Thomas Football has done it again…..for the fourth year in a row. The Tommies have repeated as No. 1 among 3,500-plus national student fundraising groups that generate funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
UST helped raise nearly $40,000 in donations in 2017-18, a record total breaking their previous record of $39,000. That's more than any single organization in the 18-year history of Up 'Til Dawn across the nation.
The new record amount eclipsed the old mark that was set by St. Thomas Football last year. The fraternities and sororities and clubs and sports teams represent more than 100 national universities that take part in the St. Jude's annual fundraising.
"For our team to be atop a list of 3,500 different student fundraising teams is impressive. Just working with an organization as tremendous St. Jude's is in education for players in itself: a lesson in civic responsibility and humility in all of our responsibility to help when help is needed," said Coach Glenn Caruso.
For the fourth year in a row, a few Tommie team members have been awarded a trip to visit the hospital and a leadership symposium. That event next July for the organization's annual Collegiate Leadership Seminar in Memphis, Tenn, brings together St. Jude Up 'Til Dawn student leaders from all over the country. The inspirational weekend will let students tour the hospital, learn more about the program, hear from various speakers, and develop ideas to grow and strengthen Up Til Dawn fundraising. 
Coach Caruso added "I'm constantly impressed and amazed at our players' conscious efforts and understanding of their civic responsibility, as well as their leadership role throughout our campus and our Minnesota communities. Our grown here is comprehensive and holistic, they succeed at the highest of levels on the football field, in the classroom as evidenced by the record Hampshire Award winners and in their communities and their civic engagement & responsibility as we see here today."
Since winning the award last year, several other Minnesota institutions have become involved with the Up 'Til Dawn fundraising efforts, which provides a win-win for the amazing children and workers at SJCH.
"We're extremely happy to see competing schools jump on board and join in the efforts," Caruso said. "We're very proud to see other schools like St. John's able to utilize our rivalry to help raise more $20,000 for this great cause."
"We've been fortunate to be able to work with and assist St. Jude's Children's Hospital in the past, and this year's team accomplishment further solidifies our relationship. The people at St. Jude's are among the nation's elite in many areas. Certainly they are known worldwide for their selfless and philanthropic care at the Children's Hospital, but they are also on the cutting-edge of cancer research. Furthermore, their propensity to share their information and research with the world is a vivid reminder of the caring and selfless nature of the entire St. Jude's organization.

Tommie Football began its partnership with St. Jude in 2014. That year, 90 players raised $12,865, breaking a national team record. Since then, more and more players have gotten involved in the annual fundraising party, raising more money with each successive year.

With four years of fundraising for St. Jude under their belt, the team has raised a collective $119,521 for the hospital.

These top five UST fundraisers accounted for a quarter of the team's final 2017-18 total:

  • Senior Andrew Inserra was the top fundraiser for the team raising $2,705.
  • Sophomore Michael Frankl followed close behind with $2,690.
  • Sophomore Rian Weber raised $2,100 after being able to tour St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this summer with some of his teammates.
  • Senior Greg Ebacher raised $1,375.
  • Senior Luke Melander raised $1,125.

This is the second time in the top five for Weber, Ebacher, and Melander.

For the past two years, select players from the team have received the opportunity to visit the Memphis, Tenn., hospital during the annual summer St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar. The tradition will continue this July as five players will get the chance to attend, where they will tour the hospital, meet patients and hear from inspirational leaders and speakers from across the country.

The team will be honored at their upcoming spring game on Saturday, May 12 at O'Shaughnessy Stadium. During halftime, there will be a brief presentation thanking the players for their support of St. Jude.



About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.