Release Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Charleston Enactus team (formerly SIFE) claimed the Lowe's Community Improvement Grand Prize and a $5,000 check on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the Enactus United States National Expo in Kansas City, Mo.
The UC Enactus team applied for the award based on their volunteer work at the Boy's & Girls Club of St. Albans. Over the last two years, team members have spent hundreds of hours mentoring children and teaching them the importance of staying active to combat West Virginia's obesity epidemic. The money won on Tuesday evening will help fund an outdoor classroom and new playground at the club.
The Lowe's Community Improvement Project Partnership mobilizes Enactus teams to empower communities to raise their quality of life and standard of living by improving public spaces where people gather. Teams were judged on project concept, execution, outputs and outcomes.
UC was also awarded the Campbell's Soup Silver Spoon Award for collecting over 5,000 pounds of food over the year to support the "Let's Can Hunger" campaign. UC Enactus President Adam DeBriae will find out today if he was selected for the prestigious Jules and Gwen Knapp Scholarship, which is highly selective.
National competition begins today at the Enactus United States National Expo, with over 130 teams vying to be named the national champion. Teams across the country work throughout the year with businesses and organizations to improve their local communities and then prepare a 17-minute recap to present in front of business leaders. Students also have the opportunity to network with business leaders from some of the world's top companies, including Wal-Mart, KPMG, Hershey's, Hallmark, Sam's Club, Lowe's and Coca-Cola.
UC Enactus completed over 2,000 community service hours so far this year. The team is conducting 14 sustainable projects, including mentoring over 50 students at the St. Albans Boys & Girls Club, installing water bottle filling stations across UC's campus to combat plastic waste and providing business and marketing support for Timothy's at the Quarrier Diner.
For more information on the Enactus United States National Exposition, visit: www.enactusunitedstates.org