Xavier Students to Host Rudi Johnson 2nd Annual Free Youth Football Clinic

Event will also raise awareness about bone marrow donations | May 5, 2008

Xavier University sport management students will host The Rudi Johnson 2nd Annual Free Youth Football Clinic on Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for ages 9- 12 at the Xavier University Soccer Complex. There will also be a bone marrow drive and Football 101 for moms. The Rudi Johnson Foundation is holding this event to assist in funding Children’s Hospital Guest Services and the National Bone Marrow Awareness Campaign.

Recently the sport management students donated $4,000 to the Rudi Johnson Foundation. This is the second year in a row the students have elected to support the foundation.

“Cincinnati Children’s guest services does so much for families who are going through a difficult time,” said Xavier student Liz Romes. “We are very happy we can give them this money through the Rudi Johnson Foundation to show our appreciation.”

“My foundation is extremely grateful for this grant from Xavier’s Sport Management students and for the chance to be able to give back to this great city by giving youth the opportunity to play the game I love while at the same time supporting two causes that are close to my heart,” said Johnson.

The Sport Management class, taught by Professor Kristi Sweeney, is one of four Xavier classes this semester that are part of Xavier’s Philanthropy Program. Each class receives $4,000 to donate to a charity or charities consistent with the theme of the class. The program is fully funded by Roger Grein, a Cincinnati businessman and philanthropist.

Since 2002, the Philanthropy Program at Xavier has donated more than $100,000 in grants to local charities and foundations. For more on the program, please contact the director, Dr. Gene Beaupre at 513-745-4271 or Dr. Kristi Sweeney, Assistant Professor, Xavier University, Sport Studies, 513-745-3955, email: sweeneyk@xavier.edu