‘Swinging for Cancer’ event set for next weekend
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Dakota Wesleyan University students are partnering with two local non-profit organizations to raise funds for cancer patient support in the Mitchell area.
Swinging for Cancer will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. Participants may arrive from noon to 2 p.m. to take part in both men’s and women’s divisions for longest drive, closest to the pin and a putting contest. The cost is $20, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must bring their own golf equipment. There will be prizes for the winners and all proceeds go toward two local cancer support groups: You’ll Never Walk Alone and Band of Brothers.
Chase Kristensen, of Plankinton, is a senior at DWU majoring in leadership and public service (PSL). As part of his senior seminar for PSL with Dr. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center, Kristensen partnered with eight students from an introduction to public service and leadership course to create Swinging for Cancer.
“The seminar required us to create an event that could potentially aid a local nonprofit organization,” Kristensen said. “I chose these two cancer support groups because of the support they are giving local area members battling cancer. As a group, it was a fairly quick consensus these were the two organizations we wanted to help. We all have personal connections with cancer patients and survivors, and any help we can lend to them is the least we can do.”
You’ll Never Walk Alone was begun in 2009 by Mitchell resident Stacy Morgan as a support group for people undergoing cancer treatment. Band of Brothers is a Mitchell-based cancer organization begun by Rob Marchand who is also battling cancer.
This isn’t the first time DWU students have used a classroom project to reach out into the community. The “Making a Difference” 3-on-3 basketball tournament April 6 was organized by DWU students in the COR 301B course with Dr. Derek Driedger and raised funds for Bella’s Butterfly Garden in Northridge Park.
Also assisting in the fundraiser are DWU students: Michael Brown, Palmdale, Calif.; Shelbie Drey, Phoenix, Ariz.; Sarah Freier, Delmont; Jacob Habermann, Mitchell; Casey Henry, Sterling, Colo.; Briana Jung, Warner; Jenna Winckler, Lake Andes; and Ryan West, Sioux Falls.