Sport management students host fun fundraising events for charity

One of the past events for the course in 2014 included a celebrity guest visit by former NFL player Marcus Trufant.

Sport management students hope that letting people build their own cardboard boat or giving them the chance to scream down the hill on a giant ice block will be a money-maker. Four separate sport management student groups will host fundraising events in Pullman as part of their capstone course. 

The Sport Management 489 course, Theory and Application in Sports Event Management, includes an annual project that student groups arrange and execute to benefit a cause of their choosing. Students complete the capstone course as seniors in the final semesters of their degree program. 

Frozen Friday

Frozen Friday will take place on Thompson Flats on Nov. 12 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. It is an ice blocking event, during which participants can slide down Thompson Flats on a block of ice. 

Frozen Friday will benefit the WSU Hockey Club, as well as Palouse Ice Rink’s efforts to build a new rink. 

“This event has never been done in this class or by the university,” said Jessica Towner, a Frozen Friday team member. “We want to create a spectacle.” 

There is a $5 fee to participate in the ice block race at 3 p.m. Any donation under $5 allows a participant to go down Thompson Flats an unlimited amount of times on the ice block. 

Bowling for St. Jude

The bowling event will take place at Zeppoz Bowl on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Each four-person team will play three full games and the competition is estimated to take several hours. 

A silent auction will also occur throughout the competition, with items donated from sponsors of the event up for bidding.

The event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

“It hits really close to home for everyone in our group,” group member Henry Demske said. “We have all had family or friends utilize St. Jude’s phenomenal organization.”

The entry fee is $15 per person.

Cougs Can Boat

Cougs Can Boat is a build-your-own boat race on Nov. 14 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Gibb Pool. Participants are allowed cardboard, duct tape and bubble wrap to build their boats during the hour-long building period.

Cougs Can Boat is benefitting the Cougar Food Pantry, which provides food to students experiencing food insecurity.

The entry fee to participate is five canned food items per person. 

Prizes will be awarded to the teams who won the race, built the most creative boat, and donated the most food. 

“We wanted to benefit something we felt passionate about that would help others in the Pullman community,” Matthew Bennet, a member of the Cougs Can Boat team, said.

The Rag3r

The Rag3r is a rage room event on Dec. 3 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Lumberyard on Grand Ave. in Pullman. During the event, participants can destroy inanimate objects in a safe, contained area for a limited amount of time. 

The Rag3r will take place shortly before finals week, with the goal of allowing students to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension, Natalie AhYat, the Rag3r group member, said. 

The event will benefit Hilinski’s Hope, which promotes education and awareness of mental illness. 

“I have always felt mental health and wellness to be a very important topic to be discussed, especially in higher education,” AhYat said. “I am most excited to spread awareness and support to Hilinski’s hope and apply the skills I have learned over my years at WSU.”

The entrance fee is $15 per person, and it is recommended participants make an appointment online, as there will be limited space for walk-ins. 

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