SIFE helps children shoot for success

There was one cheerleader at the final home basketball games that stood out above the rest of the squad. It didn’t hurt that this individual was a foot taller than the rest and covered in spots.

As part of a fundraiser organized by Students in Free Enterprise, the Chick-fil-A mascot, a depressed cow who begs people to “Eat Mor Chikin” took over the Eastern Eagle’s duties on Feb. 20, grabbing a set of pom poms and rooting for the maroon and white.

While the new face was refreshing to the crowd, the reason the cow showed up was what really mattered. SIFE, who has been working at Blankenburg Elementary School in West Philadelphia every week with a group of select fifth and sixth graders, coordinated a fundraiser  to raise money for a scholarship fund designed for the students when they attend college.

The event, “Blankenburg shoots for success,” featured a chance to sink a half court shot to win a flat screen TV and Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches in the concession stand. When those who attempted to hit the half court shot all missed, the TV was raffled off and won by first-year David Smith.

Several Blankenburg students came to the game to work in the concession stand and help run the half court shot contest. The event served as a perfect real-life experience for the students to see the business concepts they have learned being carried out.