Cincinnati Bengal’s Foundation Gets Boost from Xavier Student Philanthropy Grant

Xavier University Sport Management students to support the Rudi Johnson Foundation | April 22, 2008

Students in a Xavier University Sport Management class had the opportunity to donate $4,000 to any charity or foundation or charity of their choice.  After much research, they chose the Rudi Johnson Foundation, which is helping to support Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Guest Services and the National Bone Marrow Awareness campaign with the proceeds from the event. 


The Sport Management students will present their philanthropy grant to Johnson, a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, on Tuesday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Theresa of Avila School, 1194 Rulison Avenue.  Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The grant will be used by the Rudi Johnson Foundation to assist in funding Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Guest Services and the National Bone Marrow Awareness Campaign. 


“Children’s Guest Services does so much for families who are going through a difficult time,” said Liz Romes, a Xavier student.  “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: