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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 10, 2013) – Members of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity at the University of Central Missouri on Sunday, Sept. 8 launched their annual Pigskin Pass-off by beginning a hike to Maryville, Mo. The trek will cover approximately 160 miles between now and Saturday, Sept. 14, in an effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against cystic fibrosis.
According to Alberto Lagunas, a junior marketing major from Chicago who also serves as the fraternity’s philanthropy chair, the students will take turns carrying the football with a goal to cover at least 30 miles a day. They began their walk at the 50 yard line at Vernon Kennedy Field at Audrey J. Walton Stadium on the UCM campus. Avoiding major highways as much as possible, they plan to reach Northwest Missouri State University’s football stadium Saturday just prior to the start of the 6 p.m. game between the UCM Mules and the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.
“Last year we raised over $1,300, and we hope to at least double that amount this year,” Lagunas said.
In October 2012, members of Alpha Kappa Lambda rekindled the 1980s tradition of carrying a football to a UCM Mules’ opponent’s stadium by walking 140 miles to Pittsburg, Kan.
During their journey to Maryville, AKL is taking donations in support of research and projects to benefit those who suffer from cystic fibrosis, which is a national philanthropy for AKL. Anyone who is interested in making a donation can contact the fraternity or Lagunas at email@example.com.