MADISON, Wis. — Student-athletes from Wisconsin’s men’s and women’s rowing, golf, and track & field teams took part in the annual Toys for Tots campaign benefitting the U.S. Marine Corps this past weekend, December 2-3.
At the men’s hockey game on Dec. 2, student-athletes encouraged donations by playing chuck-a-puck, where fans donated money in order to chuck a hockey puck onto the ice towards a target. The next day, the men’s basketball team took on Oklahoma and student-athletes collected monetary and toy donations from patrons as they entered the gates.
The monetary donations collected at the sporting events over the weekend will go towards making sure every child in Dane and Jefferson County receive a toy this holiday season. Aya Johnson, UW Women’s Golf, helped collected donations with Badgers Give Back.
The student-athlete volunteers, the marine volunteers and the fans who donated worked together to make Toys for Tots a successful event. “It was a great experience to take part in an event that means so much to so many people,” said Aya Johnson of the women’s golf team. “It was awesome to see the entire community come together for a cause.”
The Toys for Tots campaign collected 133 toys and $5,778 in monetary donations for the weekend. These proceeds will go towards helping to make sure children in Dane and Jefferson Counties receive a gift this holiday season.
“We enjoyed working with Badgers Give Back and Wisconsin Athletics,” said Gunnery Sergeant Stoudemayer, who heads the Toys for Tots campaign in Dane County. “Thanks for a great and successful weekend!”