The FIJI house has worked very hard on this event and it’s been fun to be a part of the process. The FIJI’s support of our mission is amazing, and we can't thank them enough. Billy Cundiff.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
Drake University’s Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) will hold a Kicking Cancer with NFL Kicker Billy Cundiff event on April 18th, 2013 at Drake Stadium at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa according to Ben Sloan, FIJI Chapter President and NFL kicker Billy Cundiff.
“Philanthropic efforts are such an essential part of who we are as a fraternity, that to be given the chance not only to help a great organization like Colleen’s Dream Foundation, but to collaborate with a graduate brother, is an incredible opportunity,” says Sloan.
Kicking Cancer with NFL Kicker Billy Cundiff is a charity event that will benefit the Colleen’s Dream Foundation. Colleen’s Dream Foundation was created by Cundiff and his wife Nicole, to support research for the early detection of, and advanced treatment for, ovarian cancer.
Cundiff says he is excited to return to his alma mater for such a worthy event.
"I am very excited about participating in this event,” says Cundiff. “Going back to the Drake campus is always special for Nicole and me” says Cundiff. “The FIJI house has worked very hard on this event and it’s been fun to be a part of the process. The FIJI’s support of our mission is amazing, and we can't thank them enough.”
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According to Cundiff, the FIJI fund raising event is pretty straight forward.
“It’s simply about making the most field goals,” says Cundiff. “Participants will create three person teams, and on Thursday the 18th, each team will get three minutes to make as many field goals as possible. The men will kick from the 20 yard line and the women from the five yard line. Then, on Saturday the 20th, during halftime of Drake’s spring football game, I will compete against the teams in the finals. One person versus three. It will be a lot of fun.”
Cundiff says each of the teams will pay a $10 entry fee, and spectators can enjoy food and fun for $7. All proceeds will go to support Colleen’s Dream Foundation.
Colleen’s Dream Foundation was started in 2012, five years after Cundiff’s mother-in-law, Colleen Drury, was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. Through her journey fighting her cancer, Colleen and her family’s eyes were opened to a new world filled with invasive surgery, harsh chemotherapy, and lots of uncertainty.
Cundiff says Colleen’s Dream Foundation was created to realize Colleen Drury’s dream of helping other women battle ovarian cancer. He says the foundation will offer seed funding for cutting-edge research by some of the brightest, young minds in the world to create tools for the early detection of, and advanced treatment for, the disease.
Drake University, which is Cundiff’s alma mater, has a long tradition of supporting charitable activities, as does Phi Gamma Delta, according to Justin Jacobs, FIJI Treasurer.
“Island Week is the highlight of the spring semester for many, and understandably so,” says Jacobs. “A rich mixture of fraternity traditions and charitable efforts contribute to a week that is enjoyed by students from all across the university.”
The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, also known as FIJI, is a leadership and social fraternity founded in 1848 and has undergraduates and graduate chapters at more than 115 campuses and cities across North America. Founded on the values of friendship, knowledge, service, morality and excellence, the Drake chapter has over 70 brothers and was recently named Most Outstanding Greek Chapter at Drake University.
Members of the fraternity readily admit their pride at this recognition.
“The Drake chapter of Phi Gamma Delta has really become an influential force on campus in recent years,” says FIJI Corresponding Secretary Sam Pritchard. “From athletics and the arts to academics and organizations, brothers can be found contributing to success all across the university.”
Drake University is recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. A midsized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, they offer the benefits and resources of a larger institution along with the advantages of intimate class sizes and close personal relationships. The institution offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs in business, law and pharmacy.
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Go here to learn more about, or make donations to, Colleen’s Dream Foundation.
Colleen's Dream Foundation is a qualified 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization based in Phoenix, AZ.