Tommies lead the way in annual St. Jude’s fundraiser

St. Thomas student-athletes visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Members of the University of St. Thomas football program recently made a trip down to Memphis, Tenn. as a result of their fundraising efforts for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

For the third consecutive year, the Tommie football team finished No. 1 among the more than 3,500 national student fundraising groups in generating donations for the Hospital's annual "Up 'Til Dawn" campaign to combat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

During their stay in Memphis, the UST student-athletes were able to tour St. Jude's, learn more about the "Up 'Til Dawn" fundraising program, and discuss concepts to strengthen the charitable initiative in years to come.

"Just working with an organization as tremendous St. Jude's is, in itself, an education for our players: a lesson in civic responsibility and humility in all of our responsibility to help when help is needed," St. Thomas head football coach Glenn Caruso told UST Sports Information. "For our team to be atop a list of 3,500 different student fundraising teams for the third consecutive year makes me even prouder."

Through sports teams, clubs, fraternities and sororities, more than 100 colleges and universities from across the nation compete to raise money for the "Up 'Til Dawn" fundraiser. The Tommies football team raised nearly $30,000 of the school's $74,100 donation total last year.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, St. Jude's families never receive a hospital bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. To learn more about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the "Up 'Til Dawn" campaign, click here.