Park raises $250 for American Red Cross


Park Athletics

SAAC Members and student athletes raising money for red cross.

Sam Pryke, Reporter

Members of the Park University student-athlete advisory committee raised $250.30 as part of the AMC Hoops for Red Cross event on Feb. 12.

The American Red Cross is a national organization that helps in disaster relief, international services, military families, lifesaving blood donations, and also training and certification. According to the Park Athletics website, The American Red Cross, founded in 1881, uses donations from donors, partners and the community to help others in times of need.

Each university in the American Midwest Conference was required to think of fun and interesting ways to raise money for this good cause, and Park’s SAAC decided that the men’s and women’s basketball double header against rivals school Columbia College would be the best opportunity to host the event and raise as much money as possible, due to larger crowds attending the games.

Not only were they accepting donations at the entrance to Breckon Sports Center, members of SAAC also went into the crowd during time outs and breaks to push for those extra few dollars.

Students were able to donate as much money as they wanted. In return they were entered in a drawing to participate in a halftime event in which the participant had to sink a series of shots into the hoops. The winner got a Park University t-shirt.

Stylus editor Dakota Soukup was one of the lucky winners on the evening, walking off the court with a new Park t-shirt for his collection.

This was an entertaining evening in which athletic coaches were present, as well as Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., who generously donated money in addition to watching the students take part in the halftime events.

To make a donation or learn more about the work American Red cross does, visit their website at