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Rec Plex kicks cancer

September 23rd, 2010

Quinn Clarke, a nine-year-old boy from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, loves to play kickball. He also has pediatric cancer. So, Quinn decided to use his favorite game to fundraise for his favorite cause. Thus Kick-It was created.  

Kick-It is a well-known national fundraising effort used to raise money for pediatric cancer.  One hundred percent of the fundraising goes toward the Children’s Tumor Foundation and Curesearch.

Kick-It is a three-day event coming to John Carroll University. The event begins on Nov. 11 and ends on Nov. 13. JCU students will be able to form teams to collect funding and participate in the tournament.   

During the three days, teams will compete in games of kickball.  The games will have allotted times and the winner of each game will advance to the next round.  The winning team, along with the team that raised the most money will be recognized at the JCU versus Baldwin-Wallace home football game on Nov. 13. 

 In addition to participating in this game, these teams will present the total funds to Quinn Clarke and the Kick-It Organization.  

As incentive to fundraise as much as possible, the team that raises the most money will also get the opportunity to play kickball in the outfield of Progressive Field. 

Kristie Maravalli, the head of The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, is working in collaboration with the intramural department to host this event.  Assistant Director of Recreation and acting Director of Recreation Courtney Farver, as well as Assistant Athletic Director Jane Evans are working alongside Maravalli. Intramural Student Supervisor Tym Tagliaferro is collaborating with Maravalli, Farver and Evans to make Kick-It a successful event at JCU.

Maravalli said, “Quinn Clarke approached the athletic department.  After only one meeting the Student Athlete Advisory Committee chose to participate and asked the intramural department to collaborate with us.”

Maravalli and Farver are currently working to promote Kick-It on campus. In order to better advertise Kick-It, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is forming a marketing committee. The Intramural department is using all of its resources to promote the fundraiser.  

It will promote Kick-It at various sporting events and throughout homecoming. They will have a table set up in the Atrium for students to approach, ask questions and get involved. Students can find more information about the tournament, forming teams and raising money.

For more information about Quinn Clarke’s story or other Kick-It events visit www.kick-it.org.