Dr. Justin Wartella, along with his SPRT233 (Sport Sales, Sponsorship, & Fundraising) students, held the 11th Annual Turkey Trot at Hubert Jack Stadium on Sun, Nov. 20.
The event raised $2,600 for the Challenger League, a youth baseball and softball league for youths with special needs. The students of Wartella’s SPRT233 class voted and determined on which charity would recieve the funds raised.
65 runners, consisting of university students, faculty/staff, and community members, took place in the awesome charity event.
This was a class project for Wartella’s students and was an experiential learning opportunity for the class. Wartella expressed that it is such a key part of the curriculum because of how fun and valuable the experience is for the students.
He also noted that the Turkey Trot gives his students the chance to gain real world experience that they can take with them moving forward in their careers such as the planning of the event, the marketing and promotion, seeking sponsorships and cultivating relationships with donors.
Wartella’s class also designed the t-shirts for the event and administered the event in conjunction with campus and local police, running a silent auction and providing entertainment at the event, among others.
However, the most rewarding part of the event for Wartella and his students is being exposed to the philanthropic nature of contributing to a great cause, such as The Challenger League.