2007
"Unity Games" organized to promote cultural awareness

"Unity Games" organized to promote cultural awareness
March 23, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Education and raising cultural awareness do not always have to be serious endeavors achieved in classrooms or lecture halls. The Benedictine University Unity Foundation (BUUF), an organization comprised of students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, will sponsor its first annual “Unity Games” from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex and the Dan and Ada Rice Center. The Unity Games will be a fun, collegiate “Olympic Games” featuring events such as a tricycle race, tug-o-war, human pyramid, potato sack race, pie-eating contest and more. Teams will consist of six members including students, faculty and staff members, and will be selected to encourage diversity. The mission of BUUF is to take an active role throughout the Benedictine campus in promoting cultural awareness. BUUF supports activities that encourage cross-cultural interaction and an end to prejudice. The group hopes that, through events like the Unity Games, young people will learn to better live and work together and thrive in a diverse world. The event will also raise funds to enhance the exercise facilities in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. These facilities are used by Benedictine University students – both those who compete in athletics and those who are casual exercisers – and area youngsters who participate in a number of sports and summer camps offered by the University. For more information about the Unity Games or to make a donation, contact Brooke Repasky-Murphy, student activities coordinator, at (630) 829-6657 or by e-mail at brepasky@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.