Gopher Athletics Hosts Seventh-Annual HopeDay Festival
Sep 8, 2013
The University of Minnesota athletics department, in conjunction with Allianz and the HopeKids organization, hosted the seventh-annual HopeDay Festival on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Bierman Field Athletic Complex. Over 200 families joined in the festivities, located on the Bierman Track, parking lots and the Jane Sage Cowles softball stadium.
As the student-athletes gathered in the Bronko Nagurski indoor football complex, the group kicked off the day as Director of Athletics Norwood Teague welcomed the group to another academic season. Once lunch was provided, the student-athletes filtered out to their assigned stations. The event was designed specifically for the Golden Gopher family and members of the HopeKids organization.
Gopher Athletics and HopeKids has had a longstanding relationship over the past eight years and since then, designated a full day of activities in 2005. Every year, the event continues to grow bigger and better every year since its existence. Along with current student-athletes, Minnesota also welcomed 18 alums that joined the event.
A large percentage of the children in the program have already had their one large wish from one of the various wish granting organizations, but their battle continues. A large percentage of HopeKids have cancer, however, the program also serves children with any life-threatening illnesses such as kidney disease, heart disease, sickle cell, mitochondrial and cystic fibrosis. HopeKids is for children between the ages of 0 to 18. For more information visit www.hopekids.org.