Five for Free Throws marks first student-led United Way Campaign

Xavier colleges compete among one another by collecting most nickels | October 24, 2005

A nickel may not buy too much these days, but if students put a lot of them together they could not only win some prizes, but help the United Way as well.

“Five” for Free Throws marks the inaugural United Way student campaign. The campaign is a competition among the University's three colleges—Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences and the Williams College of Business—to see who can collect the most nickels. The goal is to raise $5,000.

“Five” for Free Throws kicked off on Friday, Oct. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Gallagher Student Center. Former Musketeer basketball captain Steve Wolf ’83 was on hand to help pass out nickel banks to participating students. The banks, designed by Pop Design Works of Montgomery, look like a basketball court complete with a net in which to "shoot" the nickels.

“Those of us on the Xavier United Way Campaign are so pleased that the students will be involved in such an enjoyable and worthwhile activity," says professor Ida Schick, chair of the health services administration program and co-chair of the United Way campaign. "Xavier students are known for their generosity and concern for others.”

The man and woman from each college who collect the most nickels compete as teammates in a free throw contest during halftime at the women’s Crosstown Shootout basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Cintas Center. Wolf is serving as the referee. The team that wins the shootout receives a variety of prizes.