The Cedarville University SIFE team races in the Springfield Rotary Mini Grand Prix, donating $1,500 to the community organization. Photo credit: Sue Terkelsen
by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
June 4, 2008
Cedarville, Ohio—What do race cars, charity and economics have in common? Why, the Springfield Rotary Mini Grand Prix, of course! On May 17, Cedarville’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) joined 35 other teams in a mini grand prix fundraiser.
The annual race provided an opportunity for local individuals and companies to buy cars and race them through an obstacle course set up in downtown Springfield. The approximately $40,000 to $50,000 raised will benefit the Rotary Club’s activities, including services to disabled children, college scholarships, and a mentoring program.
“By participating in the car race, we show that we, as a University, are interested in showing our support to an internationally recognized organization such as the Rotary,” says John LeBlanc, chair of the Cedarville Department of Business Administration.
SIFE is a global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries. Cedarville’s SIFE team seeks to implement programs that create economic opportunities for local community members. These include educational events for young students, directive support for individuals filing their taxes, and consulting services for businesses.
“I joined SIFE to make a difference,” says Becca Klischer, 2007–2008 president of the team. “It’s exciting to see that what we’re doing is making a positive impact on our campus and in our community.”