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Student-Athletes Dance to Raise Money for American Cancer Society

Posted Nov, 10, 2009

Performing for a large, rambunctious crowd is nothing new for Kent State student-athletes. However, this time their singing and dancing skills, not their athletic talents, will be on display for student body and the community.

Each of the 16 varsity athletic teams at Kent State University will be performing a choreographed lip sync and dance routine at the 8th annual Jock Jams fundraiser at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in the Student Center Ballroom at Kent State University at Kent.  All proceeds from Jock Jams will be donated to the American Cancer Society. 

The event showcases each athletic team as they compete before the public and a panel of judges for the annual Jock Jams trophy, which is awarded for the most creative and original performance. Last year, the event brought 1,500 students and members of the community together to raise nearly $4,000 for the American Cancer Society. Funds are raised through the $5 admission fee, t-shirt sales and general donations.

“Since Jock Jams inception in 2003, our student-athletes have raised more than $25,000 to help in the fight against cancer,” said Dr. Jennifer Kulics, associate athletic director. “This opportunity truly means a great deal to our student-athletes because of the losses our department has suffered to cancer and due to staff members currently fighting the battle.”

“Before the event begins, our emcee asks everyone in the audience and all of the student-athletes to raise their hands if their life has been personally affected by cancer,” said Angie Seabeck, program director of student-athlete development in charge of the event. “It’s shocking to see at least 75 percent of people raise their hands.  That’s why this event is dear to the hearts of the student-athletes.”

Jock Jams, the annual fundraising event sponsored by Kent State Athletics for the American Cancer Society, is organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  The event, held in April for the first six years, moved to November last year in order to allow spring-competing teams to have a turn with more time for skit preparation, as their fall-competing counterparts have had in the past events.

“Jock Jams in one of our proudest accomplishments as athletes at Kent State,” said Leneric Muldrow, member of the three-time Jock Jams champion football team. “Other universities around the country are trying to start an event like ours. They see how much we love getting the chance to compete against our fellow athletic teams, but most importantly that we really like to do what we can to raise money to fight cancer.”

“As student-athletes, we realize that we’re all really fortunate, and we look forward to raising money to help give something back to help people in need,” said Kristen Barr, an executive committee member of SAAC and a member of the women’s volleyball team. “All of our teams work really hard to prepare an entertaining routine for Jock Jams – this event means a lot to us, and we really appreciate that the community and student body come and support the cause.”

“Those who haven’t seen a previous Jock Jams event are in for quite a surprise,” Seabeck said.  “A lot of these kids are amazingly talented dancers and choreographers.  Some of them even sing rather than lip-sync.  Their costumes are always entertaining as well – the crowd just loves seeing them perform like this.”

The general public is encouraged to attend the event for a $5 donation. All proceeds from Jock Jams will benefit the American Cancer Society. For directions or further information about the 8th annual Jock Jams, contact Angie Seabeck at 330-672-4733 or visit www.kentstatesports.com.

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Media Contact: Angie Seabeck, aseabeck@kent.edu, 330-672-4733