UMBC’s Relay for Life Named Finalist in Community Service Challenge

Newman’s Own Foundation today named UMBC’s Relay for Life a finalist in the foundation’s third annual Campus Community Service Challenge. The Relay for Life student group is partnering with the American Cancer Society to educate the UMBC community about cancer prevention and intervention, including the importance of cancer screenings and healthy lifestyle choices.

Through this competition, selected nonprofits, nominated by and paired with student organizations from each of the America East Conference’s nine member universities, compete for grants of up to $25,000. Grants are awarded based on the level of each student group’s involvement with its nonprofit partner and the potential impact of the grant on fulfilling the nonprofit’s mission.

“The nine finalists are phenomenal student groups and nonprofits that truly highlight the best of the America East Conference,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “The conference is bound together by athletics, but this group of nine institutions represents so much more, and we are thrilled that Newman’s Own Foundation continues to recognize the impact these students have in their communities.”

The winners of the Campus Community Service Challenge will be announced March 1-4, 2012, during the America East basketball championships. This year’s Relay for Life at UMBC will take place on April 27 and is open to the entire UMBC community (see The Retriever for details).

For more information on the Relay for Life at UMBC contact Relay President Erin Butler at erinb1@umbc.edu.