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.